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A blog about plants, gardens, and watching the seasons change within the wonderful Kentish landscape.

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Garden tools from Burgon & Ball — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

The awfully nice people at Burgon & Ball have sent me some of their marvellous garden tools in exchange for a review here on the blog. Read on for my first impressions of these shiny wonders.

There have been bright frosty days… First Flowers Of Spring, Weed, Gardens, Bright, Landscape, Plants, Outdoor Gardens, Garden, Landscape Paintings

Waiting for snowdrops — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

January can be a miserable month, so a few weeks of bright, dry weather make for a welcome start to the year. Refreshingly chilly conditions in which to while away the garden hours until the first flowers of spring appear.

The modified petals in the form of tubular nectaries can be seen in a ring around the stamens, best seen in this image at the top left quadrant of the central boss After Christmas, Weed, More Fun, Dandelion, Boss, Handsome, Gardens, Seasons, Canning

The handsome hellebore — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

As snowdrops grab the headlines after Christmas, the hellebores quietly assemble while the attention is focussed elsewhere. Frankly, I think a hellebore is much more fun than a snowdrop, though neither are as innocent as they might at first appear.

February in the garden — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS Weed, February, Gardens, Seasons, Plants, Outdoor Gardens, Seasons Of The Year, Garden, Flora

February in the garden — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

As trailed in my previous post, I’ve decided to start a series on the blog using highlights from my Instagram gallery to chart the garden through the year. And so, without undue ceremony, let me welcome you to the first post in that series. This week, as we get ready to leave winter behind, I'm taking a look back at February 2017.

As trailed in my previous post, I’ve decided to start a series on the blog using highlights from my Instagram gallery to chart the garden through the year. And so, without undue ceremony, let me welcome you to the first post in that series. This week, as we get ready to leave winter behind, I’m taking a look back at February 2017. Garden Weeds, Looking Back, Highlights, February, Gardens, Chart, Let It Be, Words, Gallery

February in the garden — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

As trailed in my previous post, I’ve decided to start a series on the blog using highlights from my Instagram gallery to chart the garden through the year. And so, without undue ceremony, let me welcome you to the first post in that series. This week, as we get ready to leave winter behind, I'm taking a look back at February 2017.

The demise of blogging is pronounced with such extreme regularity that the patient must either long ago have entered the realms of the undead or, at the very least, be in urgent need of a better qualified physician. But while reports of its death are greatly exaggerated, accusations for hastening its end are most often laid at the door of other forms of social media, notably microblogging apps such as Twitter and Instagram. Garden Weeds, Accusations, Blogging, Death, Apps, Gardens, Social Media, Landscape, Twitter

Instagram and the garden blog — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

The demise of blogging is pronounced with such extreme regularity that the patient must long ago have entered the realms of the undead. But while reports of its death are greatly exaggerated, by far the most burdensome weight of accusation for hastening its end is laid at the door of other forms of social media, notably microblogging apps such as Twitter and Instagram.

As snowdrops grab the headlines after Christmas, the hellebores quietly assemble while the attention is focussed elsewhere. Frankly, I think a hellebore is much more fun than a snowdrop, though neither are as innocent as they might at first appear. Garden Weeds, After Christmas, More Fun, Handsome, Gardens, Words, Plants, Christmas Post, Outdoor Gardens

The handsome hellebore — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

As snowdrops grab the headlines after Christmas, the hellebores quietly assemble while the attention is focussed elsewhere. Frankly, I think a hellebore is much more fun than a snowdrop, though neither are as innocent as they might at first appear.

January can be a miserable month, so a few weeks of bright, dry weather make for a welcome start to the year. Refreshingly chilly conditions in which to while away the garden hours until the first flowers of spring appear. First Flowers Of Spring, Garden Weeds, Waiting, January, Conditioner, Gardens, Weather, Bright, Landscape

Waiting for snowdrops — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

January can be a miserable month, so a few weeks of bright, dry weather make for a welcome start to the year. Refreshingly chilly conditions in which to while away the garden hours until the first flowers of spring appear.

I’m not big on new year’s resolutions. To my mind, every day brings with it an opportunity to do better – why wait till January to make them, and then spend the remainder of the year berating yourself for breaking them? With something seasonal, like gardening, however, it makes sense. But I’m still limiting myself to one. Garden Weeds, Resolutions, Opportunity, January, Bring It On, Gardens, Words, Big, Outdoor Gardens

Resolution 2017 — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

I’m not big on new year’s resolutions. To my mind, every day brings with it an opportunity to do better – why wait till January to make them, and then spend the remainder of the year berating yourself for breaking them? With something seasonal, like gardening, however, it makes sense. But I’m still limiting myself to one.

The awfully nice people at @burgonandball have sent me some of their marvellous garden tools in exchange for a review here on the blog – a timely offer, as I’ve bent yet another garden fork and left several hand tools behind me in the flower beds. Read on for my first impressions of these shiny wonders. Garden Weeds, Garden Tools, Nice People, Flower Beds, Hand Tools, Fork, Gardens, Blog, Yard Tools

Garden tools from Burgon & Ball — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

The awfully nice people at Burgon & Ball have sent me some of their marvellous garden tools in exchange for a review here on the blog. Read on for my first impressions of these shiny wonders.

  Garden Weeds, Winter Garden, Make Sense, Growing Plants, Your Image, Plant Based, December, Words, How To Make

December light — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

Light is in short supply this month, and so it makes sense to make the most of the little we have. For reasons of sanity, not to mention Vitamin D. It’s as good a time as any for garden photography, and the more familiar you are with the behaviour of the light, the better your images will be.

Check out this selection of orange flowers for a pop of colour in your borders. Garden Weeds, Relentless, Happy Colors, Orange Flowers, Blue Eyes, Color Pop, Fun Facts, Colours, Words

Orange is the happiest colour — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

According to Frank Sinatra, orange is the happiest of colours, but while Ol’ Blue Eyes may have loved to be surrounded by it in his garden, orange is a something of a departure for me. This summer I've found myself embracing orange with an ardour suggestive of a wish to make up for lost time.

Phlox paniculata, cultivar yet to be identified. Pastel Shades, Shade Garden, Weed, Gardens, Colours, Seasons, Cool Stuff, Rose, Flowers

Cool in the shade — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

A July heatwave, following a June washout. Having been caught dragging its feet, the year seems now to be charging full tilt towards high summer; baking heat, parched lawns and rock hard, bone juddering soil. We’re not quite there yet, though, and before the hot colours arrive en masse to dominate in the latter part of the month, I’m allowing myself a week or so to wallow in cool pastel shades.

Dahlia 'Eveline' Shade Garden, Dahlia, Weed, Gardens, Shades, Colours, Seasons, Cool Stuff, Plants

Cool in the shade — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

A July heatwave, following a June washout. Having been caught dragging its feet, the year seems now to be charging full tilt towards high summer; baking heat, parched lawns and rock hard, bone juddering soil. We’re not quite there yet, though, and before the hot colours arrive en masse to dominate in the latter part of the month, I’m allowing myself a week or so to wallow in cool pastel shades.

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' Hydrangea Arborescens Annabelle, Pastel Shades, Shade Garden, Weed, Gardens, Colours, Seasons, Cool Stuff, Plants

Cool in the shade — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

A July heatwave, following a June washout. Having been caught dragging its feet, the year seems now to be charging full tilt towards high summer; baking heat, parched lawns and rock hard, bone juddering soil. We’re not quite there yet, though, and before the hot colours arrive en masse to dominate in the latter part of the month, I’m allowing myself a week or so to wallow in cool pastel shades.

Hydrangea querciffolia Pastel Shades, Shade Garden, Hydrangea, Weed, Gardens, Colours, Seasons, Landscape, Cool Stuff

Cool in the shade — GARDENS, WEEDS & WORDS

A July heatwave, following a June washout. Having been caught dragging its feet, the year seems now to be charging full tilt towards high summer; baking heat, parched lawns and rock hard, bone juddering soil. We’re not quite there yet, though, and before the hot colours arrive en masse to dominate in the latter part of the month, I’m allowing myself a week or so to wallow in cool pastel shades.