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Last Month in My Garden, December 2018

Thu 27 / Dec / 2018
Posted on 27.12.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden The first part of the month was generally mild and I tried to grasp opportunities to garden, when it was not raining. Despite many hours spent clearing and weeding in previous weeks, it still looked as though most of…
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Last Month in My Garden, November 2018

Tue 27 / Nov / 2018
Posted on 27.11.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden Buzzards have always flown over Brockamin but rarely land. They live in a wood to the south and hunt over the hill to the north. However, recently, one has been frequently perching on a good vantage point – the…
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Last Month in My Garden, October 2018

Mon 29 / Oct / 2018
Posted on 29.10.2018 | Updated on 12.11.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden October was a month of two halves. The first half of the month was a smooth continuation from September, my Symphyotrichum novae-angliae collection (late this year) reaching a climax in the second week. From the…
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Last Month in My Garden, September 2018

Mon 01 / Oct / 2018
Posted on 01.10.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden Some friends recently commented that September had flown by but the beginning of the month seems a long way off to me. I took a much-needed break in Cornwall and visited the Plant Heritage National Plant Collection® of Dahlias,…
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Last Month in My Garden, August 2018

Thu 30 / Aug / 2018
Posted on 30.08.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden At the beginning of August, it was noticeable that the days were shorter than at Midsummer: sunrise was later and sunset earlier. The sun, rising over my ash trees, no longer woke me at 5 am. By the end…
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Last Month in My Garden, July 2018

Wed 01 / Aug / 2018
Posted on 01.08.2018 | Updated on 29.08.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden July 1st came in with sunshine and blue sky but by midday it was far too hot for my liking; however, a skylark sang on the hill behind the garden, which was uplifting. The heat…
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Last Month in My Garden, June 2018

Sun 01 / Jul / 2018
Posted on 01.07.2018 | Updated on 03.07.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden Geraniums star in June at Brockamin and this year has been no exception. Recent acquisitions, flowering for the first time, included dark violet and velvety G. nodosum ‘Tony’s Talisman’, planted under a conifer; this came…
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Last Month in My Garden, May 2018

Fri 01 / Jun / 2018
Posted on 01.06.2018 | Updated on 19.06.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden   Magnificent May! It has been sunny and warm and trees have blossomed in abundance. Although my main interest is in hardy perennials, when a tree is in flower it dominates the garden. One such…
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Last Month in My Garden, April 2018

Tue 01 / May / 2018
Posted on 01.05.2018 | Updated on 22.05.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden April started cold and finished cold but there was a heat-wave in-between and lots of rain – a real mixed bag. Plants and gardener have been left mystified as to what will happen next and…
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Last Month in My Garden, March 2018

Sat 31 / Mar / 2018
Posted on 31.03.2018 | Updated on 01.04.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” March 1st 2018 started with -8°C and did not reach zero all day; there was a strong cold wind. Snow flurries were blown…
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Last Month in My Garden, February 2018

Wed 21 / Feb / 2018
Posted on 21.02.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden February at Brockamin is the month of the snowdrop. Sadly, there have not been as many warm days to open the flowers as I should have liked but cold does make them last longer. I have generally been pleased…
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Last Month in My Garden, January 2018

Wed 31 / Jan / 2018
Posted on 31.01.2018 | Updated on 06.02.2018 | Added in Last Month in My Garden The first daffodil of the season opened on New Year’s Eve and it has been joined by others so I have had an increasing number of cheerful blooms throughout January. I have grown Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s…
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Last Month in My Garden, December 2017

Fri 29 / Dec / 2017
Posted on 29.12.2017 | Updated on 31.12.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden Foliage becomes increasingly important in winter, as the number of flowers decreases. The photo shows a cyclamen in the border I created in spring 2016 and I am pleased with the ground-cover it is now…
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Last Month in My Garden, November 2017

Sat 02 / Dec / 2017
Posted on 02.12.2017 | Updated on 06.12.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden November has brought a mixed bag. There have been frosty mornings, followed by sunny days, but just as many dull, mild days. Fortunately, it has been warm enough for weeding and clearing but, sadly, I…
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Last Month in My Garden, October 2017

Tue 31 / Oct / 2017
Posted on 31.10.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden October has been a generally mild month with no frost to ruin the flowers until the 30th. It is the first time that I can remember courgette leaves yellowing naturally, without turning to mush. There have been sunny days…
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Last Month in My Garden, September 2017

Tue 03 / Oct / 2017
Posted on 03.10.2017 | Updated on 04.10.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden The last day of August was fine and sunny but started with a morning mist and a temperature of 2oC. Fortunately, September 1st was a little warmer and we have had no frosts, although there…
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Last Month in My Garden, August 2017

Fri 01 / Sep / 2017
Posted on 01.09.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden August has been a long month! By that I mean that I could remember little of the garden at the start of the month until I looked at the photos I had taken then. Much has changed but some…
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Last Month in My Garden, July 2017

Mon 31 / Jul / 2017
Posted on 31.07.2017 | Updated on 02.08.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden My main impression of the last month is of growth – amazingly fast and lush. Of course, the weeds grew fastest, flowering and seeding almost before I had noticed they were there. My greatest nightmare…
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Last Month in My Garden, June 2017

Sat 01 / Jul / 2017
Posted on 01.07.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden A month of contrasts: cool and wet at first and then, mid-month, too hot for me to work outside . Watering has been time-consuming. The month ended cooler and wetter but, by then, the rain was much appreciated. Before…
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Last Month in My Garden, May 2017

Wed 31 / May / 2017
Posted on 31.05.2017 | Updated on 01.06.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden On May 1st, buds on the ash trees were just breaking but my oak tree was in leaf. According to the rhyme “Ash before oak, in for a soak; oak before ash, only a splash”,…
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Last Month in My Garden, April 2017

Sun 30 / Apr / 2017
Posted on 30.04.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden The predominant colour in the garden has been white. Most of the late daffodils are white and there have been carpets of arabis and iberis. Spirea arguta has been noticeable (I have three bushes), followed by choisya, and pear…
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Last Month in My Garden, March 2017

Sat 01 / Apr / 2017
Posted on 01.04.2017 | Updated on 02.04.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden Early in March, the predominant flowers were hellebores and snowdrops but gradually daffodils took over from the snowdrops, although a few late varieties remained until the end. The photo shows daffodils in an area which…
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Last Month in My Garden, February 2017

Tue 28 / Feb / 2017
Posted on 28.02.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden February 1st was sunny and relatively warm – very different from the day before and a promise of spring. Unfortunately, the HPS Anniversary Open Day did not have the same weather but was cold, so that the snowdrops did…
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Last Month in My Garden, January 2017

Wed 01 / Feb / 2017
Posted on 01.02.2017 | Updated on 02.02.2017 | Added in Last Month in My Garden The start of the growing year has been slow; cold weather has kept most plants underground. This has been an advantage as I continue to clear away dead herbaceous growth and prune shrubs. It is…
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