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April Showers…

Well, it was bound to happen. The minute a hosepipe ban was announced the heavens opened, although in theory it’d have to pour down every day for weeks on end to provide enough water to refill the resevoirs and rivers in East Anglia. We’re now ‘enjoying’ the unpredictability that is April weather… sunshine, hail, thunder …

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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…

After many years of mulling it over I decided to have my old, rotten fence removed and a new, higher one erected; 1) to give me some privacy and 2) to hopefully put paid to the whole neighbour/tree-chopping saga. I cut back my beloved forsythia to make life easier (and cheaper) called a ‘friend of …

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Jasmine…… in January!!!

Although I know full well it’s been a mild winter so far, I still got quite a shock when I popped outside to see my jasmine actually in flower…on January 5th…!! The geraniums are still hanging on in there, albeit looking a little worse for wear, along with the remaining lobelias. This all looks very …

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Global Warming?!

Whatever it is that’s giving us this fantastic weather right now, long may it last!! Bizarrely, the honeysuckle is out, the forsythia’s in bud and there’s a definite spring-like look to my small suburban garden …..and it’s almost November! While I’m sweeping up autumn leaves, I can feel the sunshine on my back and the …

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Indian Summer…

It’s official – it’s the hottest October since 1985 and I’m loving it! We’ve had several gloriously hot days in a row and the weather’s currently making up for the somewhat meadiocre summer we’ve had this year, however, the plants seem flummoxed and while trees are dropping their leaves all around, certain shrubs and flowers …

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September Sunshine…

When the nights are drawing in fast, and there’s a distinct nip in the air, occasionally you’ll get a day like today with glorious sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. Despite the fact that the lobelias look like they’ve seen better days, and there’s no ignoring the forsythia leaves dropping to the ground, …

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More vandalism….

I usually feature my back garden and it’s flowers and wildlife, but I feel I have to mention that I have a small, if uninteresting, front garden as well. I don’t bother with flowers in the borders as the neighbourhood cats tend to use them as a litter tray, no matter how much disinfectant I …

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Neighbour From Hell.

It would seem that not only does the moron next door vandalise my forsythia every time I go on holiday (see pic), but under cover of darkness he also chops stems off my buddleia! There was nothing wrong with my plant when I went to bed late last night, but when I woke this morning …

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar…

My poor forsythia seems to get it from all angles! Not only is it vandalised by the muppet next door whenever we go on holiday, it’s seemingly the favourite meal of leafcutter bees (which I really don’t mind about) and privet hawkmoth caterpillars. The rest of the garden is looking decidedly below par but I’m …

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Sabotage…

It’s rather unfortunate that there are certain individuals who, for unknown reasons, choose to act in malicious ways against their neighbours. It’s also unfortunate that I happen to live next door to a bloke who apparently deems it necessary to lean across and cut back 2-3 feet of my forsythia, on MY side of the …

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Blue Skies And Butterflies…

During this unseasonally hot weather (Bank Holiday weekend and not a cloud in the sky), I’m spending more time than usual sunbathing (at Easter!) However, while other people’s gardens are festooned with glorious wisterias, apple blossom and lilacs, my small suburban garden looks decidedly green. The forsythia has long since lost it’s yellow blooms and …

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Definitely Daffodils…

Or to be more accurate, daffodil in the singular, but nonetheless, it’s truly a delightful sight. Casting a glance at my still-half-dead greenery (or brownery) I can spot one bright blue hyacinth, and if I were to use a magnifying glass I feel sure that I would just about see the teeny weeny buds on …

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Hello Yellow…

When the weather has been less than splendid, there’s nothing that gladdens the heart quite like seeing the forsythia in full bloom. Obviously, it helps if the temperature outdoors is in double figures, but even so, those gorgeous bright yellow flowers (and their intoxicating heady scent) are real sight for sore eyes.

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Wot, No Birds…?!

There’s a distinct lack of feathery things in my small suburban garden, and I’m left wondering why? I accept that the winter snow, frost, ice and so on would’ve seen numbers fall dramatically, but since we’ve recently been experiencing ‘scorchingly hot’ daytime temperatures of 2-3 degrees above zero I’d have thought that they’d have returned. …

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