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Gardening: Beautiful Borders

September 23, 2022 No Comments

Is there anything more quintessentially English than a cottage garden border?

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Gardening: A rose by any other name

September 12, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening: A rose by any other name

There’s a rose in my garden which looks like a raspberry ripple ice cream. The Rosa Ferdinand Pichard is a thing of beauty and makes me smile every time I walk past it.

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Gardening: The (unexpected) joy of a shed

July 23, 2022 Comments Off on Gardening: The (unexpected) joy of a shed

It’s odd how your priorities change as you get older. In my younger days I lived in London with access to a communal garden. I was content to wander round, cats in tow, safe in the knowledge that someone else would mow the grass and sort out the weeds.

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‘Music has been a constant over the years, like a coloured thread woven into cloth’

June 23, 2022 Comments Off on ‘Music has been a constant over the years, like a coloured thread woven into cloth’

Sometimes I think about how my life would be if I had made it as a hugely famous musician.

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Growing up North: Prepping and pruning the winter garden

March 13, 2021 Comments Off on Growing up North: Prepping and pruning the winter garden

Looking out at the garden at this time of year is hardly an inspiring sight. But under the frost and brown dead stems are green shoots and a glimmer of hope for warmer days.

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Growing up North: A Year in the Garden

December 8, 2020 Comments Off on Growing up North: A Year in the Garden

It’s been a funny old year.

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Growing up North: Pond Life and Digby Frogington

June 22, 2020 Comments Off on Growing up North: Pond Life and Digby Frogington

Last year I noticed we had a frog in the front garden. I would often see it at night while I was watering and would say ‘hello’ as it sat looking up at me.

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Growing up North: Digging for Sanity

April 30, 2020 Comments Off on Growing up North: Digging for Sanity

I don’t think I’ve ever been so grateful to have a garden. Since lockdown I’ve spent almost every day working outside.

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“What’s a carnation unless it whiffs?” Gardener Christine Walkden talks about growing up north

January 29, 2020 Comments Off on “What’s a carnation unless it whiffs?” Gardener Christine Walkden talks about growing up north

I’ll not lie, Christine Walkden is my favourite TV gardener.

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Growing Up North: a new series from our Gardening Correspondent

January 12, 2020 Comments Off on Growing Up North: a new series from our Gardening Correspondent

In a new series for Northern Soul, our Gardening Correspondent Claire Fleetneedle looks at the unique challenges faced by gardeners up North and shares tips, ideas and horticultural happenings across the region. 

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