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Perennials Prevent Weeds

Late Summer Sensations In the Perennial Meadow Garden Although I have had to neglect my trial gardens on the edge of Amsterdam this year following a decision to move house and all that involved, it is surprising just how well … Continue reading

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Maintaining Perennial Meadow Plantings

My trial gardens on the edge of the city of Amsterdam have taken a back seat in my life this year following the decision to move house. After months of viewing properties, packing and unpacking boxes of possessions and endless trips … Continue reading

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Gardening is a Process not a Production

Blogging like gardening is a process that takes place over time. At its best ideas and results are explored and explained, but there will need to be modulation. Without troughs and dips in level of activity the possibility of highlights … Continue reading

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Start of the late winter tidy-up – Cold Season Grasses

This is a timely reminder to cut back cold season grasses in late winter just before they start in to new growth. Normally, I would do this in February in Amsterdam, but this winter it is ridiculously mild here and … Continue reading

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Perennial Garden Spring Tidy-Up

What a strange winter here in the Netherlands. Almost the mildest on record until the end of January and then more than three weeks of intense cold in February. The result is that my normal plan of tidying up the … Continue reading

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Winter ends, gardening begins

Its official, the last day of February marks the end of the meteorological winter and this year its a day later. Or at least that’s what my weather lady tells me on Dutch television. I always had in my head … Continue reading

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Creative Weeding

This gardening practice is well established in Dutch gardening where native plants as well as hardy annuals form a recurring element within planting designs. As a design concept the spontaneous appearance of delicate plants throughout a border or indeed a … Continue reading

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Success with Perennials – Establishment and Maintenance of Planting Schemes

It is now three years since I planted nine separate perennial meadows to illustrate my eBooks and they are looking fantastic. In fact they looked good in the first year, but now we can begin to see just how successful … Continue reading

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Shrubs in the Perennial Border?

What I am about to write a lot of you will disagree with. In truth, what I am about to recommend is a rule I regularly break, but I do so in the full knowledge of the consequences. Keep shrubs … Continue reading

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A Low Maintenance Perennial Garden

Perennial meadows offer gardeners the opportunity to reduce the amount of garden maintenance they must undertake while at the same time increasing their garden’s appeal, both visually and for the benefit of nature, wildlife and the environment. Getting rid of … Continue reading

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