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Always somebody worse off...

O'Reilly: Just remember, Mr. Fawlty, there's always somebody worse off than yourself.Basil Fawlty: Is there? Well I'd like to meet him. I could do with a laugh.And this sets the theme for my next whinge....At this time of year, Fereday is feeling…
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Curse of the mother-in-law

Fereday's mother-in-law has sent him some tee-shirts over from the States.It's an interesting thing that the average American man is, on average, taller than the average European man. Alistair Cooke, in his famous "Letters from America" explained…
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Feeling the heat...

Fereday has been working hard today... and feeling the heat. Loading the mower up 9 steps onto a lawn was clearly not the thing to do today. Luckily he managed to keep it from running away from him as he loaded it back down from the lawn using two…
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Further Trials of a Gardener's Wife

Yesterday, our lovely neighbour presented us with some "thinned out" peas and beans from his large vegetable plot... it was either us or the compost heap, apparently. I'm not sure how I feel about that!Anyway, this prompted Fereday to make a visit…
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The Silly Season

"Silly Season" - traditionally, the period of the summer recess of Parliament when good news story fodder is sparse and the media turns to providing viewers with indepth coverage of skateboarding squirrels. In the modern era, a more outstanding…
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Wild Fereday hunting....

Finding Feredays...In response to the query on where you can get a Fereday, I offer the following guidance.There is no "Feredays-R-Us", I'm afraid, and they don't stock them at B&Q or Homebase.Feredays can usually be found in the wild.…
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A little bit of history repeating....

Hello possums!Today I thought I would share a little bit of history.... apparently - and apologies to all of you who know this titbit already - Capability Brown's real first name was Lancelot. The name "Capability" came from his frequent comment, "I…
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Trials of a Gardener's Wife

Hello. This is my new blog on this website. The theme is going to be pretty simple - as a gardener's wife, you're on a constant learning curve(!), so I'm going to share what I'm learning....Here's the first few "seeds" of wisdom...(1) Gloves... the…
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Why this Garden Works


Each article is presented by landscape designer, Tracy Rich, who will examine a single garden and provide design tips based on that garden's layout, materials and planting.

Tuinen Mien Ruys

Mien Ruys' own garden in the Netherlands is the ideal place to start a new series on design articles on 'Why this Garden Works'.

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su is a great example of urban garden design. Its whole purpose is to help people relax and to inspire creativity by connecting with nature, even in the centre of town. 

Hauser & Wirth Garden

The main wow factor of this garden is the large perennial meadow out the back called Oudolf Field after its famous Dutch designer, Piet Oudolf. However, the gallery complex also contains some other very interesting spaces.

 

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