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The foxes have been busy in my garden again. I haven’t seen them recently, but they leave their tell-tale signs. Occasionally I have cause to curse them, notably when I move the kids’ climbing frame to mow the lawn and find a putrescent latrine
One of the best things about visiting a new country is meeting its gardeners. Never mind the gardens, it's the people behind them that interest me. Wouldn't it be wonderful to go back in time and meet Christopher Lloyd or Vita Sackville
It was only to be expected at this time of year, parent talk in the playground turns to frogs and toads. I haven’t seen any yet — too blistering cold, either for them to be moving or for me to out rootling in the garden — but I have just been shown
Living on a hillside, I’m fortunately not in danger of being flooded, but it doesn’t mean I’m not feeling the effects of the recent heavy rains. It’s difficult to walk around my sloping garden without slipping over, and the grassed areas have turned
The warm weather has brought on a flurry of activity in gardens everywhere. At last, the longer daylight hours and a bit of full-strength April sunshine has pushed some life into my garden.Buds are fattening up well on many of the shrubs and trees
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739Waterperry, Nr Wheatley, Oxfordshire01844 339 226www.waterperrygardens.co.ukOX33 1JZOpen all year, daily, 10am-5.30pm (until 5pm 1 Nov-31 Mar). Closing dates/times vary – please check website. Adults/OAPs £6.50, under-17s free. Reduced rates Nov to mid- Feb. Card not valid: 9 ...
667Bringsty, Bromyard, Herefordshire01885 482 206www.bannut.co.ukWR6 5TAOpen 29 Mar-29 Sep, Wed, Sat, Sun & bank hols, 12.30-5pm (but closed Sat 14 Sep). Adults/OAPs £4.50, children (5-16) £2. Single discount with card: 20%. Card not valid on charity days: 16 Jun, 21 Jul & 18 Aug...
Gardeners are relatively undemanding and pretty easy to keep amused. When we're not gardening we like nothing more than visiting other gardens (or nurseries/shows/plant sales etc). And when it's too dark (or perishing cold) to garden we like to read
.It has, as I'm sure you've noticed, been a bit cold over Christmas — like a proper winter. The ground is too hard and the east wind too ticklish for relaxed gardening, but there is still great pleasure to be had from looking at and photographing gardens