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Turf has recently  taken on the appearance and texture and sound  of a breakfast cereal – namely weetabix.  What we need is a deluge.

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Many of the gardens in my care  are celebrating the end of July  with vibrant   floral  colour and style. Crocosmia is such a versatile plant, with its fantastic strap foliage, then its stunning flowers, and in Autumn these become fantastic structural elements, that definitely do not need cutting back in a border.  Leaving allium seed heads to dry, really does add something special to a Summer border, particularly when surrounded by vibrant orange, red and purple.  

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Work this week has involved mainly  mass cutting back whilst drinking copious amounts of water,often working till the sun sets – it has been too hot to contemplate  work in the afternoon –  unbelievable for the British Isles – but true.

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Aside from horticulture –   this is the best ice cream you could ever wish for.  My favourite is  still Apple pie.

Enjoy this sunshine, and the vibrancy that borders can supply.