3 CommentsTuesday, 3 March 2020  |  Alison
Science revealing Secrets of the Cannabis Plant

One particularly cold day in late November last year, my husband calmly announced he was going out to get some cannabis. I nearly fell off my rocking chair, and exclaimed “What…. What…. What”?

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020  |  Alison
‘The Summertime Blues’ – Planting a Perennial Border with a Blue Palette

Many a plantsman has tried in vain over the decades to breed the perfect blue coloured flower and a few have come very close. So with the Pantone Colour of 2020 being announced as ‘Classic Blue’ this year, I thought I would choose plants that work well together and conjure up a blue border made with a selection of perennial plants with blue shades, either from the flowers, the berries or the foliage and stems.


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Friday, 31 January 2020  |  Alison
February in the Garden 2020

When February comes around I love the anticipation of a new growing season ahead.  Even though we are still in winter, this year you can sense that the garden is coming alive as snowdrops, hellebores and anemones appear like magic. When I walk around my garden (which I try to do every day) I always notice if something has changed. Today it was a tree peony that I only put in last year as a small plant but already it has begun to shoot again ready for this year’s flower, or two, if I’m lucky. Here are some jobs to be doing in the garden over the next month:-


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3 CommentsThursday, 9 January 2020  |  Alison
January in the Garden 2020

It’s a new year and a new decade. 2020 has arrived and there is a gentle hint of spring to come, with the tips of spring bulbs peeping through the soil and hellebores and snowdrops beginning to take centre stage in the borders.

If, like me, you had a nasty bout of flu during December, then yours and my garden need some TLC, so wrap up warm and get into the outdoors. Even half an hour a day can make all the difference. I think the key is to do little and often in the winter months and as you see jobs that need doing, jot them down (keep a pen and pad handy). Do not try and tackle it all in one go. All you will do is exhaust yourself, and pull a muscle.  

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