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Glebe Cottage Diary; Stuck inside with a field of daydreams.

SNEEZY DOES IT: I've had a bit of a cold for the past week or so. Being confined to the house has its compensations, though.

As soon as you're outside and in the thick of it, you get so embroiled with the task in hand, big, longer term considerations go by the board. Having to step back means there is no option other than to try to plan.

Neil, Jamie our new gardener and I have to start thinking about what to do with our new field. Access is an important consideration. As with so much of what we attempt here, we need to take into account our land is wet, heavy and relatively steep.

The first thing we'll have to do is make a track up to the cottage in the field and alongside the hedge. We're going to be shifting lots of soil, compost, muck and plant material and need an efficient way of bringing building materials into our house easily.

It will have to be done properly and will need lots of excavation, hard core and hard work.

PLOT AND SCHEME: So alongside these big questions are other planning issues (but ones I find more interesting).

When we had a nursery, it was so easy and convenient. You could just walk into the tunnels or greenhouse and pick up a tray of plants for a scheme in the garden. Not any more, although we don't seem able to stop growing our own plants - and why bother growing two or three when you can grow 50? Now that we have so much space to fill it seems a sensible idea. There are already trays of a deep purple honesty and masses of aquilegias to go out.

ORDER OF THE DAY: There are some varieties, though, that are best bought as open ground, bare-rooted plants from a wholesale nursery.

Howard Nurseries in Diss, Norfolk, has the best Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist' you have ever seen and hundreds of other brilliant plants, beautifully grown. So while I'm stuck here, I'll get on with ordering those.


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2016
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