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December in the garden

December is the month of rituals for us. It is all about countdown and preparation. Will there be new potatoes, fresh peas, strawberries and raspberries ready for Christmas Day? 664 more words

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Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree

1) I have not made a great study of artificial Christmas trees but from what I can see, there is a vast range and both quality and price are equally variable. 553 more words

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Garden lore: a Flower Fairy Christmas

The little Christmas Tree was born
And dwelt in open air;
It did not guess how bright a dress
Some day its boughs would wear; 297 more words

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From New Plymouth, New Zealand to Plymouth, England


I found this photo in our archives. On the back it reads: “Planting of Magnolia Iolanthe on Monday 25/7/88 in New George Street, Plymouth, England by New Plymouth, NZ Soroptimist Carolyn Lean and Plymouth and District Soroptimist President – Ida Miles.” 51 more words

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Plant Collector – Higo Iris and Primula helodoxa

The prettiest photo moment in the garden this week has been the meeting of Japan and China in the Higo Iris and Primula helodoxa down by our stream. 270 more words

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Saturday morning at the Christmas tree farm

A visit to a Christmas tree farm was a new experience for me. In fact, I was amazed when I called in on Saturday morning. The whole place was buzzing. 870 more words

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Garden Lore

“The word ha-ha comes from an Anglo-Saxon word which I believe is spelt haugh, but anyway is pronounced how and means a ditch…. I thought it was a silly Victorian word and was given this explanation by an amateur archaeologist who was also my mother-in-law.

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