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December miscellany

Narcissi from the florist and twigs from the garden

Narcissi from the florist and
twigs from the garden

As we all rush towards Christmas willy-nilly – or it towards us – it is all too easy to become absorbed in the usual commercial hype, and forget that it is meant to be a time of peace and goodwill. And what better way to take stock than to walk around the garden and mentally note what could be cut and brought indoors to beautify your living space. Truly, it can have a calming influence, as I found when I clipped a spray of hazel to add to this vase of paperwhites.  Normally, I would have had my own already in flower but this year has not gone according to plan and nothing garden-wise is as it should be. So I bought these, to support a newly-opened local florist in town.

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Brittany Observed (or parts of it)

Quintessentially France

Quintessentially France

I have just returned from ten days in Brittany – wonderful weather and over 700 miles of touring, door to door. Camera and journal / sketchbook allowed me to document what I saw; whilst visiting local markets encouraging us to eat “fresh and local’ which was a continual joy.

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When dreams become reality

Clearing some of the wilderness last week

Clearing some of the wilderness last week

Whether you are reclaiming ground, starting from scratch or re-planning an existing garden, turning dreams into reality requires a certain amount of foresight and strategy. But where to begin, particularly if you are new to gardening? I looked back at the blog posts and statistics for all I have written on this Dobies blog over the last two years and noticed that the topic that still attracts the most attention is anything to do with layouts and cropping.

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Progress in our ‘Dobies’ garden plots

Cabbages just showing to the left, perennial herbs and polyanthus right.

Cabbages just showing to the left, perennial herbs and polyanthus right.

We’ve gone from four inches of rain in two days to nights of heavy frost and freezing temperatures. But on the good days in between I was actually able to start on the much-needed reclamation of the pottager. Everything has suffered from my inattention this Summer, but a determined effort, and tackling the job little by little and three of the raised beds are productive again. Cabbages packed close in one bed (protected from the birds with netting) and a change of plan for the other three. Another has been planted with unusual perennial herbs (the rocket self-seeded and has germinated already), and a transplanted feverfew, because it looked so pretty. All the beds have been edged with a rather special primrose – yellow, tinged blue-green, and a joyous mix of polyanthus.

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Ideas for the Cutting Garden

dobies annual flower catalgoue

dobies annual flower catalgoue

With the clocks having gone back yesterday, there was time over an early cup of tea to work my way through the new Dobies Annual Flower Catalogue for 2013 – seeds, plants and equipment. Such a profusion of choice, one is hard-pressed to decide what to order. Being systematic seems sensible, thinking of the areas of the garden in which decorative plants are at there best; gaps to be filled, or a total revamp. Best to order as quickly as possible for desirables sell out quickly.

 

 

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