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Is it in the genes?

I'm not talking rose genetics here, but human...My life has been pretty well made up of horses and gardens. I grew up in the suburbs with parents not too interested in animals, but both heavily into gardening. However, both my...
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In the blink of an eye…

I only wrote a week ago and it was winter then, but we seem to have turned a corner on Sunday at the Open day and suddenly the garden is feeling like Spring. The mounds of aquilegia foliage are all...
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The antici…pation continues.

Well they said it was Spring 16 days ago, but I'm still waiting for mine to arrive. We've had as many frosts in Spring (4) as we had all Winter. The "Spring" frosts are a lot harder on the plants...
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Open Garden & Nursery

Sunday, 20 September 2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Yippee, Spring is here and it’s time for our open days to start up again! Our first one will be on the 20th of September, the nursery is FULL and the...
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A little overdue

Somehow July got away on me , not sure how that happened...I started a late June blog as follows... "I must write a shortest day blog, the Winter Solstice is such a milestone in the year. As far as I...
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All go in the Garden

The rains have well and truly come and whilst we have slipped into June and supposedly Winter, the plants and grass are still feeling quite frisky and obviously feel the need to make up for lost drought time. I was...
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Freedom in so many ways!

May has bought the breaking of the drought early in the month for us, we scored nearly 100 mils of rain over about 5 days. Such blessed relief! Freedom from watering the garden until next summer, and the nursery for...
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The roller coaster that is life at the moment…

1 month since last I wrote...and soooo much has happened! First up Lockdown happened and we had to cancel the Open Day. Lockdown is obviously a terrible thing for many people. My daughter, for instance, relies on retail therapy and...
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Garden Therapy.

It is a well known, pretty much scientific, fact, that getting your hands dirty is good for the soul. In all this global pandemonium about washing your hands, no mention is made of the benefits of dirtying them. Not in...
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Autumn open day

Grassroots Roses Autumn open day Sunday 29th March, 10am-4pm Come get some healthy country air Come and join us for another open nursery and gardens. A great range of old-fashioned roses and perennials available for sale, as well as country...
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Three cheers for Autumn!

So happy that we can officially declare Summer over! We were very lucky last week with a delightful 20 mils of rain. It certainly couldn't be declared a drought breaker, there is still no feed for anything and the ground...
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The Arid Garden

It's been hard to create any enthusiasm to write a post this month. My daily garden tours are not something to look forward to, as they mostly just involve "what's died today..." We have a good  bore here, but also...
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Scary times ahead…

It is still early January, and in our district, despite a recent unseasonal cold spell (over as of today!) the Spring-like cold and terrible wind have produced zero moisture and we are fast approaching drought conditions. I know some of...
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BORING!!!!!

As of 2 weeks and 1 day ago I've had an ankle fusion. Today I had the slab of concrete replaced with a sexy purple fibreglass cast. And guess what? It's still just as boring. And it hurts more... so....the...
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Open day – It’s that time of year again…

Open day Sunday 1st Dec. Still plenty coming on in the nursery and lots of new roses for sale too. Ah November! How could I have intimated last month October could be better? How could the promise of things to...
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Magnificence approaching in the garden

October heralds the start of the real Spring glory. November is probably the "Highlight" month, but somehow the promise is even more exciting...every day more perennials pop up, inevitably some from under or very close to something else which has...
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Spring cleaning in the garden.

As one who failed abysmally on their winter clean-up, it has now become a frenetic Spring clean in time for the first open day. As my daughter said , the good thing about open days is it forces you to...
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Rain, rain go away…

Poohs. The weather has been very disappointing of late, we're all pretty over the rain. I know I shouldn't be complaining after so much mild and sunny winter weather, but somehow it seems even worse when you've got used to...
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Confusion abounds…

Winter, it's really here now as it's past mid July, but a lot of the plants just don't seem to know the date...some still feel it must be Autumn, now it's finally rained a lot and it's a bit colder....
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Winter arrives with a vengeance

I've been waxing lyrical about the wonderful weather these last few months, but that halcyon time is over and winter has arrived with a first lovely light frost followed by days of horrible every direction winds and cold, thundery showers....
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