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  • Derek – Friday 8th October 2021

    It rained hard in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with thunder and lightning too. I came into the garden in the late morning to find the rain barrels full. The pond…

  • Derek – Friday 1st October 2021

    We had an Indian summer through September with temperatures above average until the last few days. But the weather demon commands: Enough! No more pretending, autumn is autumn not a pretend summer.…

  • Derek – Friday 24th September 2021

    Last weekend, the garden had a green couple of days with Dr Bike in the garden helping cyclists keep their bikes maintained, a mini open gardens trail, a plant sale and a…

  • Derek – Friday 17th September 2021

    Over the next week, we’ll disassemble the display of plants from the continent of America. Reluctant as I am to part company with the Americana, those plants on the sleepers are becoming…

  • Derek – Friday 10th September 2021

    It rained on Wednesday, after ten dry days, with temperatures up to 30 degrees, just to test our mettle and our watering cans. Our tap was removed at short notice two weeks…

  • Derek – Friday 3rd September 2021

    Water, Snails, CCU The garden has lost its water tap. Without notice, the next door contractors cut us off. We knew this was likely but some notice would have been polite, so…

  • Derek – Friday 27th August 2021

    We segue into autumn. The garden knows it, with the seeds and the beginning of leaf fall. Though autumn has two definitions, and you may take your pick. There’s meteorological autumn which…

  • Derek – Friday 20th August 2021

    Autumn is in the air, unavoidably, as the earth makes its yearly journey around the sun. Though the weather can make it seem as if summer is extended or autumn has charged…

  • Derek – Friday 13th August 2021

    The brown slug (Arion ater) that I thought had been eaten by a bird has re-appeared, or perhaps it’s not the same, as I see another shortly after. The former is about…

  • Derek – Friday 6th August 2021

    Last Sunday, for the first time since 2019, we had music again in the garden. About 40 people turned up to hear Lucky Thomas playing his pan (or steel drum as you…