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All creatures great and small

Working from my office at home today, I had time to observe the pesky little grey squirrel that lives in the mulberry tree making inroads on my spring bulbs. I had noticed the other day that one of my Iris reticulata bulbs had been dug up, but as it had been left lying on the soil, I had hoped that… Read more →

Practice what you preach…

There’s an old saying that the shoemaker’s children are never shod, and looking around my garden this week I have started to suspect that it is suffering from Shoemaker’s Children syndrome. It isn’t a particularly large space, so there’s really no room for plants that don’t pull their weight, but somehow they seem to creep in anyway. For a start,… Read more →

Snowdrops on schedule

Last September I planted my first ever snowdrops, about twenty-five Galanthus nivalis bulbs. Not having been efficient enough to order them ‘in the green’ earlier in the year, I had to make do with bulbs from my local garden centre, and having heard the doom-and-gloom stories from other gardeners about how poor the germination rates are for shop-bought bulbs, I… Read more →

Christmas hyacinths (or not…)

What with the blanket of snow and ice that’s been covering everything in the garden for the past couple of weeks, I’ve had to look indoors for signs that things are still growing. Way back in September when the sun was still shining, I planted three hyacinth bulbs in pots for forcing, so that I would have flowers at Christmas.… Read more →

Tree planting in Blondin Park

I’m feeling a bit stiff today, thanks to a day spent planting trees yesterday as part of the Blondin Park Community Tree Planting Day. About forty or fifty volunteers turned up on a chilly Sunday morning to plant fruit trees which included hazel, apple, mulberry, fig and quince, provided through a grant from the London Tree and Woodland Grant Scheme.… Read more →