Month: October 2017

Mahonia ‘Winter Sun’

I enjoy seasonal milestones, the familiar things that come round every year. I don’t mean festivals like Christmas or the clocks changing. I mean the natural things that might get missed by folks not lucky enough to live in the country. Examples are the Ash leaf fall, Cuckoo pint leaves poking through, fresh Honeysuckle leaves in Winter, precocious Hazel catkins, the sound of the first Fieldfares. I have been wanting to chronicle these special things for ages and never got round to it but a reawakened interest in Haiku has encouraged me. I can use a few words and...

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Here we go again..

September is the time that NGS open gardeners have to decide if they will open again and if so when. We deliberated long and hard, it’s a big commitment and the decision time coincides with having to make up our minds about holidays as well so there’s a lot to consider. Our 2017 open garden experience was a good one, mainly thanks to the willingness of neighbours and friends to help out…would they be up for doing it all over again? … probably. So we are going for it, the second and third Sundays in June, a week later...

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