How do you solve a problem like September?

Like the other pantomime sisters, Elaine and Laura hurried off this week to join erudite company (the Garden Media Guild), leaving me (the younger, more attractive one if you recall) back at my home to start this week’s post on September. Although who actually plans for their September garden? Obviously prepping for spring bulbs is VITAL because we’re desperate for something to happen in the New Year. But planning for September is like ordering the 2am sausage rolls for a wedding dance – who really cares? Aren’t we all wrecked and ready for home by then? Obviously gardeners with...

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Cherry blossom: What do you think?

It’s spring so which blossom is best? Some people swoon over cherry blossom but personally I wouldn’t give a cherry tree house room in my garden. Having to put up with its coarse leaves and those irritating horizontal circles round its bark all year round just for a week of some sycophantic pink froth of petals which it thinks justifies its existence. Tim once planted an unauthorised wild cherry next to our garage which grew into a monster, sending out its malign suckers to infiltrate every plant in a 10 metre radius. He’s been in the doghouse ever since. No,...

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