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Tuesday, 12 March 2019  |  Alison
Roots, Shoots and Leaves!

I know that the similarly named book title is without the comma, but I just can’t bring myself to leave it out. I do love a bit of punctuation although these days it seems it is not so important but don’t get me started on that debate please.

Bare root perennials are the roots in question. If you usually go for bulbs, plug plants, seeds or garden ready plants, then it is time to give bare roots a chance.

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Friday, 1 March 2019  |  Alison
March in the Garden

Traditionally March is the month for spring bulbs to make their long-awaited appearance. Way back in October and November I planted many new bulbs including outdoor hyacinths that I have never tried before. They are now coming through and I am looking forward to their heady scent wafting across the flowerbeds as I work in the garden.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019  |  Alison
The Japanese plant art of Kokedama….

Intrigued and wanting to experience a bit of Japanese culture for myself, having watched Monty Dons recent Japanese Gardens series, I signed up to a morning making Kokedamas, in deepest darkest Warwickshire.

Kokedama. Loosely translated ‘koke’ means moss and ‘dama’ means ball. It is a form of Japanese bonsai, the ancient art of growing trees in miniature. But with Kokedama, the plant roots are cocooned into a round shaped “moss ball”, negating the need of a plastic pot or other container.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019  |  Alison
Roses Are Red…….

For many centuries the red rose has been a symbolic gesture of love.

A forerunner of the short four liner poem we quote so readily today in Valentine messages was published in 1784 in Gammer Gurton’s Garland as ........

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