Author Archives: karisgarden

Gooseberry fool and roses

All the watering you can do doesn’t have the same effect as a goodly drop of rain. OK it also downed a few things and the pelargonium flowers aren’t loving it, petals have gone brown and mouldy but overall everything … Continue reading

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Thank you Cothi Gardeners

On what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year so far (and the longest day), I was invited to give a talk, Scents and scentsability – gardening led by the nose to the Cothi Gardeners. … Continue reading

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Whatever the weather

It’s been a funny old year so far weatherwise. Most of the plants that were hit by that hard frost in late April have come through, albeit with less vigour having had to put out new growth a second time. … Continue reading

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Cruel April Frost

Come on my pretties said the early April sun, so up they came and on came the buds, leaves and blossom. Light frost on Tuesday morning – yes we can cope said most of the plants, a few with a … Continue reading

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Racing into May

We’re positively zipping through spring, the candles on the Horse Chestnut trees are well lit and the Hawthorn blossom is coming out. The first rose is out, David Austin’s Mary Rose. The irises are all putting on pregnant bulges, I … Continue reading

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Another very blustery day in February

I’m already behind on weeding and tidying the beds, last weekend I had had enough of turning earth, and weeding and last minute plant upheavals. All 3 Cornus Midwinter Fire have gone on the move recently having outgrown an allotted … Continue reading

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Going to be busy seed sowing soon

Hardy Plant Society seeds arrived today, I’m most grateful to the people who take the time to gather the seed and those who then facilitate the distribution. It seems that many plant societies and gardening clubs are experiencing dwindling memberships. Our … Continue reading

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frost world

Today at 10:43AM the temperature is -2C but rising. The sun is beginning to clear corners of fields, green re-emerging from the glaze of white, drips patter down lightly as the frost melts. The Snow Queen is banished where the … Continue reading

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The shortest day 2016

Typical run-up to Christmas weather, relatively warm, damp, often grey. Our village is living up to its squelchy name, particularly the green and the parish field. Today shafts of midday sun cut through elder and hawthorn trunks along the by-way. The … Continue reading

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Molde warp

The earthmover has been working under the carpet of apple tree leaves and fallen apples. Around this apple tree the turf is totally rucked and rumpled by the handprint-like pink paddles of the mole. I presume flooding (the first of … Continue reading

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