The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring, Tra-La…

Spring, as has been mentioned on more than one occasion in these very virtual pages, is in the air.  And as if the good presenters of Springwatch didn’t have enough to do, keeping a watchful eye on pregnant sheep and making ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ noises whenever a new lickle lamb pops it’s woolly head head into the … Continued

After The Storm – February Comes Creeping Into Your Garden

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A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Like the old Barbara Dickson  Song (penned by the great Alan Tarney) ‘January – February’,  the months always seem to turn around so quickly and one minute you are sitting, thermostat cranked to the max, curled up in your armchair, sipping warming soup and watching the eternal loop of ‘Friends’ on Comedy Central and the … Continued

It’s Groundhog Day. RIP Winnipeg Willow But Punxsutawney Phil Lives On

Don’t forget it’s Groundhog Day. But it comes with a touch of sadness. January hasn’t had a great start as far as this girl is concerned.  I’ve been deeply affected by the passing of Bowie and the sainted Sir Terry, (my mum’s favourite but as a dedicated Eurovision fan, mine too!) not to mention the … Continued

Up north or down south, here are two gift suggestions to suit the climate

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Christmas presents still proving a challenge? Well here are a couple of thoughts on great gifts for gardeners. Football pundits are apt to summarise matches as a game of two halves. Well that’s just how the weather is for Britain at the moment, a country of two halves. If you’re in the North you have … Continued

Ten top quirky but practical gardening presents you probably have not considered

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Still stumped for a present for the keen gardener who has everything? You may have seen this list of suggestions but here are a few thoughts on less obvious ones, containing that essential piece of gardening equipment someone always wished they had but have never bought. A bit quirky, maybe, but they are practical if … Continued

Ten top machines to clear up after the rain and gales

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Rains and winds are shifting the last of the leaves quickly so that a lawn or drive cleared one day is covered the next. There is a good old-fashioned leaf flurry every time a wind starts a-blowing so that you really can’t leave the leaves lingering on lawns any longer. So here are ten top … Continued

Wet or Grey, Hot or Dry. Enough About Mrs Drew: What to Do In July?

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A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Ah July. When all the hard work you did months ago comes to fruition and your garden resembles the fruit and veg stall at Borough Market except the apples aren’t £3.00 each, purple and being grown by someone called India, who has just started her own little craft cider business with a Victorian apple-press that … Continued

The Advice Squad. Dad’s Advice Competition Entries & Dick’s German Superstar.

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A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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“Advice is always welcome… as is cash” so says a sign behind the bar of one of my local pubs, the Misfit and Mallard. But is it true? Do we really welcome advice? If I am in the garden and my neighbour Bungalow Ben leans over the fence to let me know what I am … Continued

Back To The Fuschia. Flowers To Plant Now (If You Like Flowers)

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A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Not everyone can see the point of growing flowers and, to be honest, that has pretty much been me for some time, having always said the only Flowers I’m likely to go for is a pint of Flowers in a straight glass. But sadly Flowers Ale went the way of many beers and now only … Continued

Spring Forward & Earn your Easter Eggs

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A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Ah. Easter, the most magical time of this egg-infested part of the year, when DIY stores flag up the latest ‘exclusive’ sale, all the other shops start to think of Christmas advertising budgets and young men and women, full of the joys of Spring, stuff themselves with chocolate. But nay. And nay again. I am … Continued