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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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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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Boing, Boing, Boing…

That’s the sound of spring! Well, it is in my head anyway. It’s the warmest day of 2014 so far and it’s fabulous. The magnolia is in bloom, which always gladdens the heart, and I’ve seen more ladybirds in the space of ten minutes than I did in the whole of 2013. The mini daffs …

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Wet and Warm…

Well, maybe not warm but I’m reliably informed that it has been mild ‘for the time of year‘, and this does appear to be the case. After numerous grey days the sun has finally shone, so I popped outside to inspect my small suburban garden. Predictably, there were piles of soggy leaves in the corners …

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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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Stormy Weather…

They say that all good things must come to an end, and so it would seem that the recent glorious sunshine has now made way for the inevitable storms. Good news for the water butt, which has remained empty for the past couple of months, but anything with delicate petals, such as Californian poppies and …

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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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Busy Bees…

Well, we’ve finally got some decent sunshine and at last the red jasmine has begun to flower, along with the thyme. The bees have been so busy making homes in my old baked-bean tin house I decided to make another one (this time with a small cardboard container, covered in selotape to help with waterproofing). …

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Hail Season…

It’s a fairly typical British May Bank Holiday Weekend so far weather-wise… Yesterday I was languising in the scorching heat long enough to actually get a touch of sunburn as I enjoyed the company of starlings and sparrows watching three full loads of washing dry in the beautiful sunshine. However, today the wind is bending …

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Global Warming? I Think Not!…

It’s Monday 11th March 2013 and a time of year you might expect to be enjoying crocuses, daffodils and the first rays of spring sunshine, however, this was the view that greeted me from my lounge window this morning. While I appreciate that other parts of the country are knee-deep in the white stuff, I’m …

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Winter Draws On…

An unseasonally sunny day saw me heading off into my small suburban garden to survey the scene after the recent miserable cold, wet weather. Predictably, soggy leaves littered the ground and apart from the few remaining geraniums there was precious little colour about. However, I did spy one small yellow polyanthus poking it’s head out …

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Planning Ahead…

After several dull and damp weeks, the sunshine was a welcome visitor today. I hadn’t ventured out into the garden since I started putting the central heating on, but this afternoon I decided it was about time I popped into my small suburban garden for a quick recce. The geraniums really have been the star …

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Chive Talking…

Well, these past few days have certainly helped fill up the water butt! I’m rather grateful I haven’t suffered the severe flooding that some parts of the country have been experiencing, however, my small suburban garden is now looking very soggy indeed. The heavy downpours have saturated the soil and knocked leaves and flowers onto …

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn…

What a difference two weeks can make. A fortnight ago I was basking in glorious sunshine, watching an abundance of stunning butterflies flitting about the buddlia under clear blue skies. Today the sky is still blue but the temperatures have dropped to below 15 degrees, prompting me to dig out my thick socks and a …

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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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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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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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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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Dragonfly Days…

One of my most favourite things in the word are those lazy summer Sundays, where the rest of the world is having a lie-in and I’m able to enjoy the hazy morning sunshine in my small suburban garden in peace. Today is the last day of July, and the sun has finally come out, bringing …

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Precious Petunias (and lobelias)…

After many, many weeks of gloriously dry weather, everything in the garden looks a bit stunted – despite my valliant daily efforts with a watering can. Much as I adore sunshine I reluctantly accept that in order to have even a half-decent display of blooms you do need it to rain every now and again. …

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