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No Mow May (…and June, July?)

I am aware of the admirable suggestion from ecologists of the concept of ‘No-Mow May’ as a way of increasing biodiversity and encouraging more wildlife into our gardens. The practice is a simple one – we stop mowing lawns for the month of May to encourage the hidden wildflowers within the grass to come to […]

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June – the Month of the Rose

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”   Maud Hart Lovelace, “Betsy-Tacy and Tib” This time last year I was busy preparing for a weekend-long ‘rose initiation journey’ with Pam Montgomery, an American- based plant spirit healer¹. The journey was profound and inspiring and […]

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Movement is life – the garden in August

‘The flowers talk when the wind blows over them’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson Lammas time, at the beginning of August, is generally the time when I start to cut flower meadows. I begin with a few areas below fruit trees because this is when the first small apples, pears or plums begin to fall to the […]

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Plant health – Part 2

How can we help plants heal themselves? In my last article I suggested that in my experience plants don’t get ill very much and that if they do, the first things we can offer are some simple interventions – pruning dead wood, thinning for light and air, watering and feeding the plant and the soil. […]

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