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 the links to it online no longer work and the point is important. […]

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