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Garden Life – The Garden in December – Gill Ford

Garden Life – The Garden in December – Gill Ford

The clock change does seem to have been more dramatic than usual this year, as it seemed to be darker in the morning AND in the evening. The position of the sun in the sky is changing. That, in turn, alters how we perceive colour and light. In the height of summer, the sun is as far overhead as it gets. But the sun ...

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Garden Life – The Garden in November – Gill Ford

Garden Life – The Garden in November – Gill Ford

As we are becoming more and more aware of how the natural world has evolved, I have been exploring why deciduous leaves turn colour in autumn. As the tree becomes dormant, a compound called abscisic acid triggers a seal to develop at the base of the leaves, before they fall off. This reduces water reaching the leaf ...

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Garden Life – The Garden In October – Gill Ford

Garden Life – The Garden In October – Gill Ford

Firstly, I just wanted to mention the blight that hit most of our tomatoes and potatoes grown outdoors this year. It is a disease caused by a fungus-like organism that spreads rapidly on the air, into the foliage and tubers or fruit of potatoes and tomatoes in wet weather, causing collapse and decay and there seems ...

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Garden Life – The Garden in September – Gill Ford

Garden Life – The Garden in September – Gill Ford

I continue to be amazed at garden plants’ ability to cope with the changing weather patterns and this year everything possible has been thrown at them, especially the torrential rain and high winds of the last few weeks of ‘summer’! Astonishingly, some hollyhocks grew to 8’, rudbeckia 6’ and even the annual cosmos ...

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Garden Life – The Garden in August – Gill Ford

Garden Life – The Garden in August – Gill Ford

Pink Lavatera and White Lychnis There aren’t many jobs to do in August, except keeping the weeds under control, mowing the lawn and picking veggies, if you are lucky enough to have the space to grow them. You can also still pop in a few annuals for extra colour but I would not advise planting perennials, as plants ...

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Garden Life – A Spiky Friend – Gill Ford

Garden Life – A Spiky Friend – Gill Ford

A Hedgehog making a visit in my garden As the weather was so glorious in June, I spent many hours wandering around my garden barefoot on the lawn, which is very peaceful and, as I am keeping the grass much longer these days some wonderful flowers have appeared, such as yellow vetch. I also noticed that the daisies ...

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Garden Life – Managing Our Water Usage – Gill Ford

Garden Life – Managing Our Water Usage – Gill Ford

We will all have to get used to the effects of Global Warming with extremely wet winters and dry summers. So, as weather extremes become the new norm, sustainable water use is ever more important. It pays to understand your soil and plants, to use more natural water and to design your garden with water in mind. Most ...

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Garden Life – Gardening Tips for May 2021 – Gill Ford

Garden Life – Gardening Tips for May 2021 – Gill Ford

The bitter cold spell last month did lots of damage to a number of shrubs, especially Camellias and Magnolias, turning all the flowers to brown soggy messes, which is such a shame. I had also planted out my brassicas and corn, so I am mindful of the following old saying ‘Ne’re cast a clout ‘til May is out.’ This is ...

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Garden Life – Gardening Tips for April 2021

Garden Life – Gardening Tips for April 2021

We had some really lovely, sunny days in March, when we could prepare the garden for the next season and enjoy the wonderful brightly coloured yellow, white and orange daffodils. These colours are dominant and so really shine in the garden. Red is also a dominant colour and these bright colours will continue in April ...

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