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Hoe hoe grow · 2d ago

More in hope than in expectation

It was cold, windy and growing dark. Was I by a warm fire eating chocolate and toasting my toes ? No, I was bent double at the back of a border wresting with a bramble resembling a giant, sp...
Hoe hoe grow · 3W ago

Them bones, them bones ...

This is the time of year when I am eternally grateful for box, photinia, euonymous and everything else which retains its colour, shape and form over winter. The dry bones of the garden are i...
Hoe hoe grow · 1M ago

A pox on those pesky garden makeover shows ...

"Let's have an easy year in the garden", we said at the start of 2017, "no new projects - just consolidation of what we have already done".So why is it that it only takes one bottle of red a...
Hoe hoe grow · 1M ago

Reasons to be cheerful ...

There are many reasons to be cheerful right now! Cautiously cheerful, perhaps, but still cheerful. There are signs and portents afoot which indicate that spring is on the horizon. The days a...
Hoe hoe grow · 3M ago

Hoe hoe hoe

Much as I love Christmas, I am excited for it to be all packed away, because then, and only then, can the new growing season truly begin. I am savouring the thought of compiling my seed orde...
Hoe hoe grow · 4M ago

Fifty ways to lose your begonias

Buying tender plants at the height of summer is so easy, when the ice and snow of winter are but a dim and distant memory. It is easy to get carried away and buy far too many, far too large ...
Hoe hoe grow · 5M ago

Parting gifts from the Garden Gods ...

As a parting gift from summer, the Garden Gods have given us some clear, golden days so that we can squeeze out the last rays of hot sun. And so we have. From breakfast outside to cold beers...
Hoe hoe grow · 7M ago

Exoticising the garden

I think I may have inadvertently invented a new verb - 'to exoticise', meaning to change part of a traditional garden to one with densely packed planting giving a sub-tropical feel. Anyway, ...
Hoe hoe grow · 8M ago

Just like the Inflatable boy ...

Just like the Inflatable boy with a pin, some plants have let themselves down badly this year! Every year there are the star performers and then there are those which have disappointed beyon...
Hoe hoe grow · 9M ago

It's all a bit Gertrude Jekyll

A friend leaned over my garden gate and gazed down the garden, then shook his head slightly and said "Oh dear, it's all getting a bit Gertrude Jekyll isn't it..."I don't think he meant 'It's...