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April Heatwave by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening We're never satisfied really. A month ago I was moaning about how cold it had been. Although average minimum temperatures are around 6°C in March, they'd dropp ... Read on »
Oh, so that's what they were... by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Last autumn I posted about some myst ... Read on »
Just when you least expect it... by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening At the end of 2009, I planted a couple of Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) bulbs in one of my larger containers. It was a bit late - they're supposed to go in in ... Read on »
Yo-yo weather by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening March - and the month that, here in Milan at least, we can really get going with the serious stuff. The beginning of the month was very mild - two weeks ago I was ou ... Read on »
We've overwintered well... by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Over the past couple of weeks, the work of uncovering everything on the balcony and cleaning up has gone on. And I've been happily surprised how well everything has over ... Read on »
The balcony is back... by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening In the last few days, temperatures have suddenly shot up. Walking home on Friday afternoon, I suddenly found myself unzipping my jacket and ripping off my woolly sca ... Read on »
Starlings by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening My mother loathed starlings (sturnus vulgaris). She'd always put out bread for the birds, but then spend hours chasing off the starlings. Bullies she called them, on ... Read on »
Spathiphyllum by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening It has been bitterly cold here for the last few days, with temperatures dropping to -8° at night. And we're not even officially into the three "days of the blackbird" at ... Read on »
Mini-plants by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening We're having a cold, nasty January. Temperatures aren't bad - around 2-3°C - but it's been foggy for days. Which means it's been a miserable, damp type of cold and ... Read on »
Thank goodness for garlic... Part Two by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening When I was a child, growing up in South London, garlic was the epitome of foreignness. My mother wouldn't have touched it with a bargepole. It was one of those thin ... Read on »
Thank goodness for garlic... Part One by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening It's that time of year again. Mid-winter. The time when you look around desperately for something to do in the garden and can't find anything. Christmas kept you o ... Read on »
Look what they've done to my balcony... by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening As usual we spent the Christmas and New Year period in Germany. We left Italy just as a lot of European airports were being shut for snow, and thinking that it might tur ... Read on »
Looking after the snails by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening So there I was last Sunday evening, washing the turnip tops ready for dinner, when I found a snail. Well, it happens. He seemed to have survived 24 hours in the fridge ... Read on »
The Chrysanthemum Experiment - Results by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening This year I've been experimenting with my chrysanthemums. I have some little yellow ones which I've been growing for years now. Every year I leave the old plan ... Read on »
The Canal in Autumn by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening This year's autumn colours were amazing - I don't remember ever having seen anything like it in this area. I imagine it was something to do with the weather - just ... Read on »
Wildflower Wednesday - Bindweed by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Am I the only person in the world who loves Bindweed (Calystegia sepium, also called Convolvulus sepium)? Yes, I know it's a problem and just as invasive as my drea ... Read on »
Who ordered that? by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening What on earth are these and wherever did they come from? I noticed them first at the end of October - lots of little green shoots sprouting in the container that ... Read on »
Cloud by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Taken in early September while we were in the Veneto at Eraclea Mare. The cloud seemed to be hanging right over the path. You felt as if you could reach up and pull ... Read on »
(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - Berries by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Pyracantha.. ...and Hawthorn. Both spotted at Eraclea Mare while we were on holiday there in September. They say a wealth of berries in autumn signals a hard ... Read on »
Skywatch Friday - Sweden by Sue S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Two weeks ago I was in southern Sweden. And the skies were tremendous. I took these on the train from Copenhagen Airport to Lund, where I was working. And ... Read on »