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It’s been a cold winter. I’ve been working during the week, it’s been dark when I leave home and almost dark when I get back, we’ve had lots of family events that keep us away from home on weekends, and one way and another I’ve seen very little of the garden. This weekend we stayed home, we did a bit of pruning and weeding, surveyed the frost damaged plants and acknowledged that a few probably wont re-sprout this Spring. The camellia I thought had died during the heatwave of 2009 has rewarded patience though – two thirds of it was dead, dead, dead but the other third started flowering last week. I’ve cut out all the dead stuff, I’ve pulled out armfulls of weeds, and I’ve tried to focus on the stuff that is growing well and not a weed. It’s less overwhelming that way.

Broad bean Aquadulce in flower

Raspberry with new shoots

Surrealist curly wurly garlic


If you’ve got a dark corner, or a spot in full sun, and you’re looking for something you can stick in the ground and neglect, pineapple sage is the plant you’re after. This one has doubled in the month since this photo was taken, it’s produced tiny red trumpety flowers, it smells nice, and it’s providing some competition for the weeds.

The last surviving snow pea. Something ate the others. It took some bites out of this one too, but I know this one, it’s a fighter.

More broad beans. Actually, the same broad bean 20 seconds apart. Broad beans everywhere will now start talking Before Toddler and After Toddler. They’ll be talking about that one day when everything changed forever. They’ll sit around having a few beers in years to come and remember what they were doing when they heard about the Toddler.

Hopefully they’ll remember the Gardener who bravely shooed the Toddler away, and propped the broad beans back up.

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