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Spring peas

Spring is a wonderful time of the year, especially if you like freshly picked peas. Last year I never harvested any, but only because I ate them directly off the...

Clivia, an evergreen favourite

Clivias have made a big comeback in recent years and for good reason. My clivias took the recent drought in their stride and are looking as good as ever. In...

The dahlia, a rather unexpected history

Dahlias have never featured in my garden. I would not say I dislike them, but I am not exactly a fan. Maybe they are just a little too showy. Many...

Christmas in Aberdeen

My trip to St Petersburg over Christmas died a slow, agonising death in 2020/21 during the Covid-19 pandemic. A couple of days before Christmas a neighbour mentioned that their guesthouse...

Nieu-Bethesda

The Karoo in mid-summer is not for the faint-hearted, but the air is still fresh enough this early in the morning. Heading out from a guesthouse in Aberdeen with a...