The Hampton Court Chop: stake out.

by AnneWareham on July 4, 2015

Pink Persicaria campanulatum at Veddw.

I hate staking plants. It looks ugly, especially early on in the year. And it’s hard work (always best avoided). So I have one or two tricks to save me the bother.

One is stuffing plants so tight together that they are self supporting. This works well, especially if you don’t feed them (never spoil a plant, it’ll never let you in peace afterwards). But edges of paths get problematic, unless you’re a great big institutional garden with paths ten feet wide. We’re not and if we don’t do something some paths become impassable, especially after heavy rain has flattened things a bit.

So in the front garden we added rails to try and confine the rampagious creatures. [ more..]

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A Sculpture Garden in the Wye Valley

June 23, 2015
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  Yesterday we managed to wangle ourselves a cream tea, with ginger cake, with some good friends of ours, Elsa and Adrian Wood, at the Nurtons – home to their daughter, Gemma Wood’s Sculpture Garden. Not to be confused with Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Garden. I know – confusing. Suffice it to say that if you […]

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They didn’t ALL die!

May 14, 2015
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Some of you kind people will remember my distress last year when my euphorbias, the biggest joy (well, maybe) of Veddw in May, started dying last summer. I thought I’d lost the lot. See here. Then come spring Send to Kindle

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We Launch a Book!

April 26, 2015
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Well, you get asked to write a book, you write it, it gets published and the next thing is – you have a book launch, right? So we did. We launched ‘Outwitting Squirrels’  on the river Wye at Symmonds Yat. We had to begin by making a boat to launch it in – this was […]

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April 22, 2015
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In 2012 Rory Stuart published ‘What Are Gardens For?’ and in it he offered a critique of Veddw. Amongst other things (get the book..) he said: ‘The avenue in the meadow should lead somewhere, perhaps through a gate or an arch into the shade of the Cotoneaster Walk’. I agreed, and he wasn’t the only […]

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Painful truths about Camellias

March 31, 2015
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It being the season, and garden writers needing to endlessly provide reading material, I recently read a piece in praise of camellias. Understandable – they are quite attractive flowers with a good shiny evergreen leaf. Hmm. And Send to Kindle

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August at Veddw

March 26, 2015
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Someone, thinking of visiting, recently asked me what is in flower at Veddw in August. So, my apologies to all those of you who would like words here, and to all those who are spring focused and can’t bear to imagine August right now: here are a selection of August photos. I cheated though – […]

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Is winter interest interesting?

February 4, 2015
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The term ‘interest’ in relation to gardens has irritated me for years. Partly because the use of the word seems totally wrong and I’ve found it hard to say why. Send to Kindle

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How do we define ‘gardeners’? by Anne Wareham

January 7, 2015

This piece was originally published in ‘The Garden’ in May 2013. I struggled for a long time to accurately define what I think I am (this is not an invitation to enlighten me, thanks…) and I think this nails it. For me, and presumably for many other people? Send to Kindle

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Not all Glooom

November 21, 2014

Yes, I’ve been neglecting anyone who is kind enough to follow this blog. And right now I’m somewhat out of words, having been frantically book writing in every spare moment since June…words words words.. So, I’m cheating. Some pictures of Veddw in November. (though it’s not usually like this at the moment – we are […]

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