July 2013

Wild gardening, Veddw style.

by AnneWareham on July 19, 2013

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At this time of year I make a point of getting away to see what other people are doing in their gardens and it always prompts a great deal of thinking. One thing I got preoccupied with this year was tidiness and the wild.

I cheerfully say to visiting coach parties that I garden Veddw so that it is comfortable in the surrounding countryside. And that this is not simply about tolerating, or even encouraging, some weeds; it is about managing a dialogue between what we might term ‘natural’ and that which we think of as ‘gardened’. People often nod enthusiastically, but when I visit gardens and see how much control people wish to inflict upon their patches I begin to think that they must actually find Veddw quite shocking, if not incomprehensible. [..read more..]

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If you tell a lie big enough…by Anne Wareham

July 9, 2013
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If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” – Paul Joseph Goebbels This piece was originally published in the Spectator, 29 October 2011 as The Emperor’s New Weeds. I’m republishing it here because it may be behind a pay wall – and the point is important. […]

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