by AnneWareham on April 17, 2014

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Light is the magic in a garden. The most wonderful garden in the world can struggle to excite in rain and gloom. And spring and autumn do special light: because the sun is low, suddenly unexpected things are illuminated.  And you can get dramatic shadows.

Shadows are not an aspect of gardens that are discussed much and I think it’s easy to walk round a garden not noticing them. So I’ve done some noticing …

And realised that you can play with shadows on purpose if you create the surface. [ more..]

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Enter the Replacement

April 2, 2014
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Just in case you wondered: this is really only of interest to family and friends – or in the unlikely event that someone was totally gripped by the birdbath saga – it’s for them. It’s the post script to this account of the Big Bird Bath Disaster.

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Hug a Slug by Anne Wareham

March 28, 2014
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This piece was published in The Spectator on the 8th of March 2014 under the title ‘The War on Beauty’: Next week is ‘Hug a Slug’ week. Well, come on, you did believe it for a couple of seconds. We’ve all grown so used to the fog of humourless eco-rectitude that has settled over our […]

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For Karen – a Walk in the Woods.

March 20, 2014
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This is a special for my great friend Karen, (@wildelycreative ) who bivvies in this wood when she can, but it’s been ages now…(and with apologies to the real Walker.) This is the other side of that gate into the woods: There are not many flowers out yet. The pleasures are subtle – Karen is good […]

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February 25, 2014
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Playing with a vase of anemones, over eight days…

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Digging damage.

January 28, 2014
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We need a landscaper with a little digger and much drainage work doing. This relentless rain is beginning to make our yews suffer. The only way you can kill a yew, besides ruthless attack, is making it sit in water. And that is just what this weather is doing, despite our garden slopes.The hedges above […]

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White Houses

January 19, 2014
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It seems absolutely the done thing to paint your house white. In the last few years other colours have made a small inroad indoors, but if you look round the countryside you’ll see that white for the exterior is still the thing. As if we’d just invented white wash. Except not, because I think whitewash […]

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Here comes the Judge

December 4, 2013
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Judging the Garden Media Guild ‘Inspirational Book of the Year’  The word ‘inspirational’ gets barrowed around the garden world with great enthusiasm. It is rarely clear what it means, and it is rarely clear what the book, article, garden, blog post, plant description, photograph or similar is intended to inspire people to do. It’s ordinarily […]

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It has to go.

November 12, 2013
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I’ve been told often enough now. That tree has to go and major reworking done. Most notable of the commentators is  Rory Stuart in his book What are Gardens For?, who described the ‘formal avenue of top-worked Corylus colurna‘ which ‘disappointingly,..leads nowhere.’ Then I received an email from a recent visitor, Catharine Howard who said ‘Below the […]

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Just cut it down

October 30, 2013
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Half of gardening is putting things in. Things then tend to grow themselves. Then we cut them down. Very simple, really, for a whole industry of advice giving. I have now been gardening at Veddw for over 25 years, so I think I can have confidence that what we do generally works. Certainly as far […]

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