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My small suburban garden…

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The Sun Is Out, The Sky Is Blue…

…the garden’s full of pussycat poo….. (Or it WAS until I removed it!) It’s very spring-like outdoors today and my small suburban garden is now looking tidier after I spent an hour shoving dead leaves and other garden litter into the compost bins (not the poo though!) The mini daffodils (dwarf Narcissus ‘Tête á Tête’) …

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Giant Chives…

Despite the fact that the nights seem to be drawing in quite fast now, daytimes have seen several gloriously sunny weather recently, which is very much appreciated. The small tortoiseshell butterflies are all over the buddleia, with the odd peacock, painted lady, white and comma occasionally visiting. However, the lack of red admirals is quite …

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Well I’ll Be Blowed…

The snow has gone, the ice has melted, temperatures are finally in double figures (just) and it’s temporarily stopped raining; so what did Mother Nature throw at us today? Wind! I’d been given a tub of 4 very pretty polyanthus for Christmas, but as they’re not really an indoor plant they were looking very sorry …

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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

Despite all the fuss on the news and on social media sites, Colchester seems to have got off rather lightly in this recent snow event (at the moment….!) While other areas appear knee-deep in the white stuff there’s only a light dusting in my small suburban garden, and it’s not even managing to settle in …

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New Fence (The Final Chapter)…

After two long days I finally have the fence of my dreams! I made the decision to ask him to chop down the forsythia (I expect it’ll grow again); 1) to make it easier for him and 2) so I can put bedding plants in that border without the tree draining the life out of …

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New Fence (Part 2)…

My Plan B fence chap turned up early and got to work immediately on removing the rotten fence panels. Although I’d pointed out during his initial visit that the compost bin that would need moving was actually FULL, I think he under-estimated quite how heavy it’d be. He struggled to shift it…..and then I heard …

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Busy bee…

While the bees are dileriously happy with the lavender, I remain perturbed that my lobelias and petunias have not been doing very well in their plastic planters. I’m not sure whether I’ve over-watered them (despite drilling large drainage holes) or whether I should have spent a few extra quid and bought a better quality compost; …

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Why Mow, When You Can Sweep?

After several years of clearing up cat poo (especially annoying when I don’t actually own a cat!) I decided to completely do away with grass and have paving slabs instead. It had always seemed like a lot of effort to go to – getting the mower out the back of a jam packed shed, plugging …

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Compost!

Taking the popular New Year phrase “Out with the old” perhaps a little too literally, I decided that today I should empty my kitchen compost bin into one of my two large outdoor containers. I have a 12 inch flip-top pedal bin on my kitchen counter for appropriate scraps, used teabags, potato peelings etc, and …

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My Small Suburban Garden (throughout the year…)

Via this blog, I aim to tell the story of my small suburban garden, throughout the year. I’ll be commenting on the weather, the various plants, insects and wildlife, the birds who fly in and out, along with various remarks about my two compost bins and my water butt. Expect to also hear my inane …

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