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About midlifegardener

A new house and a new garden. Having spent the past 5 years mainting my father's garden I am now taking on my own gardening project down the road in a new single store dwelling. The Old Man is still in the same place, but increasingly frail. The Best of Times and Worst of Times.

Planting to the Music of Time

The rhythm of the seasons is changing its beat as summer segues into autumn.  In the past, it was a time of year I would associate with final harvests of the summer and then closing down for the winter.  I … Continue reading

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Fudge: Forever Free

We are coming to the end of twelve months in which we have ridden an emotional roller-coasting and this week we hit another dip and sharp turn as we sadly bade farewell to our canine companion Fudge who, to coin … Continue reading

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Hestercombe: a proper Designer Garden

On Sunday  I removed more of the front lawn to widen the border and plant the final Sweet Williams.  It is a small development I have been planning for a while as there is little room elsewhere for the Mrs … Continue reading

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Autumn Approaches

Autumn came knocking this morning.  There was a sharpness in the air and a mist across the fields which reminded us of October breaks in a Monmouth farmhouse when we were younger. The greenhouse retains the fecund smells of summer, … Continue reading

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Fresh Fruit (for Rotting Vegetables?)

Last week I was at the Old Place to check it was in good order for potential buyers wanting to view the property.  Setting aside my feelings on the impending sale of the family home (a home for me in … Continue reading

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Veronica or Veronicastrum Virginicum?*

I read a good article by James Wong in the Grauniad this weekend in which he gave his four top tips for beginners in the garden. I never feel like I have a great well of knowledge about gardening, although … Continue reading

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Mid-Term Reports

Deadline for reports was about three days ago but as I no longer have someone to swear at me if I am perceived to be late or include too many ‘gramatical errors’ (sic),  I have stuck to my usual report … Continue reading

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