The year, thankfully, ended with two days spent in the garden. We have had few such days over the past weeks and it was great to be out again - despite the cold, wet and muck. Mary had the very good idea to put a path at the back of a particularly deep border in … Continue reading Year’s End – Yesterday, Early this Morning and A Little Later.
Despite the often-referenced "stretch in the evening" we are still a long way from spring and warmer days. It was a brighter and drier day today than we have had in ages and we headed out to the garden, happy to have the chance to be out and to be doing a bit again. A … Continue reading Jeezez, ‘Tis Perishing Out There!
Snowdrops may well live up to their French name, "Perce-neige", snow-piercer , but the same weather can make it uncomfortable for the gardener to enjoy them in the garden. A number of snowdrop cultivars have already opened in the garden with many others above ground, even in bud but waiting for warmer days to open … Continue reading Come in out of the cold, Darlings!
It has not been a week for gardening. Bad weather put it out of the question early in the week and and all things Christmassy occupied the latter half. Christmas Eve was a bright, if cold, day and rather than let the week pass without any sort of report on how things were in the … Continue reading A Quick Look Around
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David Culp’s writing transports his readers, even those at the other side of the Atlantic, to an enjoyment of his garden in Pennsylvania, USA. It is a gardener’s garden and a gardener’s book, written for fellow gardeners who will understand so very well the happinesses, dreams, successes, trials and errors and great fun and enjoyment … Continue reading A Year at Brandywine Cottage
I forgive myself for being optimistic on this mid-winter day, the winter solstice, a day of moving from darkness into light. In effect, it is bringing the dark days to an end or, if not the end, certainly the beginning of the end as daylength will exceed that of night from today onwards. Midwinter day … Continue reading A Grey Auld Day
Waterford, south-east Ireland, 19th December 2020 There are times of the year when the gardener has to search for the beauty in the garden. As it says in the song: You've got to accentuate the positiveEliminate the negativeLatch on to the affirmativeDon't mess with Mister In-Between You've got to spread joy up to the maximumBring … Continue reading It’s All Going Swimmingly – A Look Back at the Week in the Garden.
Ah, sweet misery of life, at last I've found you! Those of you for whom the title rings a bell probably recall the version of Victor Herbert’s song (Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life...) sung by Mario Lanza but it you wish to have it at its most grating and annoying you simply have to listen … Continue reading Ah, Sweet Misery of Life…
Waterford, south-east Ireland. 12th December 2020 It is a time of the year when it is very easy to slip into a negative attitude towards the garden. The weather is wet, cold and generally miserable and going to the garden is not always the most attractive option. The arrival of three beautiful gardening books one … Continue reading A Little Done … A look-back at the week in the garden.