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Not Much to Write Home About…

After the disappointment of a lack of flowers and wildlife in my Small Suburban Garden this summer I admit that I’ve rather neglected it in recent weeks, however, I did venture outside for a look round this afternoon. Clearly it’s still quite mild for the time of year because I have a few alyssum and lobelia …

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Could Do Better…

While my North-facing front garden, which has mostly been left to Mother Nature, is currently an extravaganza of wild flowers of all shapes, sizes and fabulous colour, my South-facing back garden remains a major disappointment. While there are some nice bright Californian poppies and a couple of apparently self-seeded lobelias, most other plants are not …

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Stormy Weather…

After thunderstorms you usually get some nice, fresh air; however today we just have that clammy feeling. I don’t think that my Small Suburban Garden is enjoying the current climate either, as my aquilegia is now covered in greenfly, the cherry trees are laden with black-flies and the Miracle Gro Flower Magic seeds I lovingly …

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I Spy With My Little Eye…

…something beginning with “L“. It’s a beautiful, bright, sunny February day with barely a cloud in the sky, but I was still a bit surprised to see this little chap sunbathing in my small suburban garden as there’s still a very distinct nip in the air. Most of the plants haven’t over-wintered particularly well although …

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Freezing February…

Blimey, it’s cold! My Small Suburban Garden never looks great at this time of year, but this year it seems to be suffering particularly badly. The jasmine remains determined to bud no matter how low the temperatures go but there’s not much else willing to brave the chill. A few crocuses are beginning to poke …

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Wot, No Snow…?

With half the country under a white blanket of the cold stuff, my small suburban garden remains unaffected. The sub-zero temperatures have managed to kill off the begonias but I’m not at all bothered. I did toy with the idea of digging them up and over-wintering them again but to be honest they’re 80% leaf …

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Damp and Dreary…

Although it’s mid-November, the temperatures remain remarkably mild, which has extended the flowering season somewhat. The geraniums continue to bloom in abundance, although I’ve had to snip off a few mouldy flower heads due to all this dampness. The jasmine is clearly confused as it begins to blossom once more, and there’s even a stray …

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Summer Sunshine…

After several weeks of warm but wet weather, the past two days have been utterly gorgeous – long may it last! The damp conditions haven’t been good for the marigolds, which now look a little ‘mouldy’, and the lobelias don’t appear to have enjoyed it much either and despite slug pellets the snails have munched …

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Red and Yellow and Pink and Green…

I really love this time of year, when the garden is beginning to fill with colourful blooms. I have a couple of ornamental poppies in the border which are always a pleasure to see. The tescos lobelias are doing remarkably well and really do look nice in the tubs. Two of last years red geraniums …

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Drink Up Me Hearties, Yo Ho…

This Bank Holiday weekend has so far seen a fair amount of the wet stuff, with more forecast for the coming days. Despite this, I’ve still had to water a few of my planters as the wind has a tendency to dry things out almost instantly. The lobelias appear to enjoy a good drink (don’t …

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Make Your Mind Up…!

I thought that April was the month for showers, not May! One minute there’s blue sky and sunshine, the next the sky is black and either rain or hail (or both) fall out of the clouds. On a positive note, all this rain has done wonders for my Small Suburban Garden. The white jasmine looks …

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Bee Babies…

It seems that the Bank Holiday weekend sunshine has encouraged the last of my baby bees out from their nests, which is a huge relief. I never know for certain how they’ve fared over the winter until I can see the holes appearing in the muddy entrances to the tubes. I have to say, I …

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Easter Bank Holiday Monday…

  After a damp and dismal Easter Sunday, the sun has come out and along with it are my baby bees! I’ve never actually seem them emerging from my bee hotel before so it was quite a thrill to watch them taking their first tentative steps outside my old baked bean tin this morning. Although …

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No April Fool…

It really has been gorgeous weather today. The white jasmine looks like it’ll blossom within a week or so and the smallest of my two magnolia has finally flowered. The red jasmine remains stubbornly without buds. I hope it’s just a late starter this year as the bees go mad for it. The wild cherry …

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Hello Spring…

I always look forward to seeing the cherry blossom on my tree, and now, despite the cloudy sky and forecast of wind and rain for later, it’s finally bloomed and I can say without fear of contradiction that spring has officially arrived in my small suburban garden. The buddleia are in leaf, the magnolia has …

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Has Spring Sprung…?

Despite yesterday’s cold, wet, windy weather, today it’s positively spring-like, with blue skies and sunshine. The primulas are beginning to flower and the jasmine and magnolia are in bud. The parsley, chives, rosemary and thyme have all managed to survive the winter and are providing some greenery. Crocuses are beginning to show the promise of …

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Wot No Snow…!

It’s 20th December and despite the doom and gloom predicted by the forecasters it’s remarkably sunny outdoors today. Of course, it’s far from sun-bathing weather but nonetheless it’s actually jolly nice. I have a few hardy geraniums still hanging on in there, and the buddleia (as ever) seem to think it’s springtime, along with a …

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Autumn Sunshine…

After several decidedly damp days it was a treat to be outdoors in the sunshine today – long may it last! Blue skies and a bit of warmth on your face can do wonders to lift the spirits at this time of year. The buddlias had been past their ‘best before’ dates for some time, …

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Phew! Wot A Scorcher…

We appear to be in the middle of a ‘heat-wave’ and I, for one, don’t want it to end. We’ve had such an awful time weather-wise that this blazing hot sunshine is just the tonic. I’m having to water the garden thoroughly every evening, but even the fact I’ve got a water meter isn’t making …

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Pretty Pansies…

My small suburban garden remains devoid of much colour at all, despite it being mid-June. The red jasmine has started to flower (much to the bumble bees delight) but there are noticeably less blooms this year than last year. There are a few flowers on the thyme and one tiny, dark blue lobelia flower but …

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Beautiful Blue Tits…

(Click photo to enlarge) These past two days have been unexpectedly warm and sunny (and it’s a Bank Holiday weekend – astonishing!) The red jasmine has buds but no flowers as yet, however the petunias which I planted out in the wall planters are doing very well – as are the geraniums. The new begonias …

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Lazy Days…

In our increasingly hectic and stressful lives, it’s al the more important to take the opportunity, when it arises, to simply enjoy a lazy late-summer / early-autumn day. This is exactly how I spent today; not weeding or pruning, not sweeping the paving slabs or painting the fence, but just sitting on a camping chair …

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Bring Me Sunshine…

It’s a Bank Holiday Weekend and, predictably, the weather has shown it’s spiteful side with overcast skies and rain. My new solar lights are struggling to get any charge whatsoever into them, although the water butt is now full and the lobelias I bought from tescos a few weeks ago are doing really well. I …

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Long May It Last…

I continue to be impressed by this amazing weather! Here we are, only three weeks since we were stuffing turkey down our throats, and my small suburban garden has jasmine flowers on display with ladybirds merrily sun-bathing on it’s leaves! I also have pink, red and white geraniums in bud (and in flower), the buddleia …

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The Calm Before The Storm?

Much as I’m loving this Global Warming, I’m starting to wonder if this is simply the calm before the storm? Yes, it’s glorious to be outside in the sunshine on 19th November, and the sight of lobelias still in bloom gladdens the heart no end, but I fear that Mother Nature may have a sting …

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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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Vitamin D Day…

What glorious weather we’re having right now! Despite the leaves on the ground, and other clear signs that autumn is imminent, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the clouds are white and fluffy. In a bid to disguise the gaps in my borders where I pulled up my disappointing petunias a couple …

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Toad in the Hole.

Despite living a considerable distance from the nearest pond, while I was pulling up the petunias (which had become all leggy and sticky) I almost jumped out of my skin when something close to my hand moved. Once my heart rate was back to normal, on closer inspection I could see a common toad…just sitting …

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Pretty in pink…

The bees are really spoilt for choice now as the pink jasmine has begun to flower. It’s the one plant which has done rather well, despite the near-drought conditions we’re currently experiencing. The vast selection of petunias and lobelias I planted are in constant need of watering, and with a water meter installed (in an …

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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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Spring Has Sprung!

Could it be true? Could this finally be an end to the longest, coldest, wettest, snowiest winter I can ever remember? As I gazed upon the dried up remains of my once lushious jasmine, and stared woefully at the rotten geranium stalks now adorning my terracotta tubs, I suddenly glimpsed a flash of colour at …

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The thaw…

As I intend to blog about my small suburban garden throughout the year, I felt that as part of the preparation I should actually take a peek out of the lounge window to see what the recent thaw has exposed. Prior to the rather unwelcome snow, my garden had been neatly swept of all leaves …

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