Tiers (Tears?) 2 & 3 bring with them the potential for a bit of a Pollyanna moment; the ‘Glad Game’ at its height. How LOVELY - even more time for all those worthy jobs (and thank you, Julian, for explaining the frog business – Mark Twain clearly has a lot to answer for).
LOVELY, LOVELY NOVEMBER…
Probably the less said about October the better. Wet, wet and more wet with only rare glimmers of golden autumn sunshine to lift spirits and illuminate those glorious autumn colours…
It’s officially Autumn; there’s definitely a nip in the air and the focus for the foreseeable is all about bare-root planting and spring bulbs.
So much for the ‘languid month of August’ and ‘lazy days basking in the sun’! What a damp, thundery and windy squib August was. On the plus side, at least parched beds and scorched lawns benefitted and the ground is now gulping in much needed moisture in preparation for the planting season on the horizon.
Whilst the languid month of August heralds lazy days basking in the sun (and a little of one’s own reflected gardening glory), there’s a widespread but little talked about phenomenon lurking on the horizon for those lucky enough to have productive gardens...
June’s been a hectic month here, with Andy, our heroic Head Nurseryman, becoming positively nocturnal and working round the clock to ensure cosmos, lavender, herbs and
climbers are all at their best.
A profound thank you to all our customers for your patience and loyalty over the last few weeks. It’s been a tough time for everyone and your forbearance with any delays has been hugely appreciated. We’re fulfilling orders as quickly as possible; please rest assured we won’t forget yours, so no need to email us – we’ll email you just before your order is despatched.
Dickens could well have been writing about April 2020, the extraordinary month we’ve just lived through. Whilst the pandemic has been utterly devastating, for those lucky enough to be well and to have gardens, the long lockdown hours and blazing days of April have been blissful indeed.
To say these are difficult times is an absurd understatement. Amidst the gloom, though, we gardeners are lucky indeed to have our plants, our trees, our beloved gardens and even a protracted glimpse of spring sunshine to cheer us and remind us of kinder weather and, we trust, better times soon to come.
I know we’re British and complaining about the weather is obligatory regardless of whether it’s too hot, too cold or too anything else, but a joke’s a joke. February’s wet, wild and windy weather was little short of unforgivable, although the alliteration has just made it almost worthwhile!
Probably best not to dwell on January’s wretched weather. Although we can’t resist pointing out that the short-lived run of frosty blue-sky days mid-month was – according to the Today programme, so it must be true – the longest rain-free period since September.
Happy New Year and hurray – the longest night of the year has been and gone, the days are (imperceptibly, but nonetheless it’s true) getting longer and whilst we gave up dreaming of a white Christmas long ago, brow-beaten into submission by December’s relentless rain, we can at least start dreaming of spring and all the joy it brings.
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