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The3Growbags. Elaine, left, the Latin freak: Laura in the middle, the scientific one; and little sister Caroline tagging along to stop them getting too technical

We’re three, ahem, maturing sisters who are really into gardening, plants and horticulture as well as having a good laugh and a bit of family banter.

Big sister Elaine Fraser Gausden is a retired classics teacher (you just knew she was a teacher right?) has a small garden in Eastbourne, East Sussex and whenever she can, battles across the Channel to France where she has a fabulous garden in what was a field belonging to the Normandy farmhouse which she and husband Nigel bought in 2006.

Middle sister Laura Warren has lived all her life in West Sussex (apart from doing a science degree at Cambridge – the source of her intellectual snobbery) and there she and her farming husband Tim have an eccentrically English garden which accommodates the drawbacks of having seven dogs (yes seven). Whenever they can they trek up to the Hebridean island of Islay where their extended family has a farm on its west coast.

I’m the little sister, Caroline Rham. I went to the University of Life and thence the dodgy profession of journalism. I live with husband Mike in East Lothian, Scotland, on the very shores of the North Sea. Whenever we can, we drive up the infamous A9 to Strathpeffer in the Highlands where I previously spent 20 years living and gardening, and we are now building a new home.

All three of us have enjoyed juggling jobs with bringing up children and grandchildren, and weathering life’s triumphs and tragedies individually and together. Our parents were keen gardeners and we’ve all inherited their enjoyment of seeing things grow. Armed with the odd glass and a bit of sibling rivalry our horticultural bond is a never ending source of joy – thank you so much for reading our blog.

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