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I can hardly believe that this time last week I was looking out on a damp , grey garden. It rained , a lot, all day.Today it is a glorious sunny day, in fact some might say a bit too hot. I have just glanced at my barometer in my studio and it's reading 34 degrees , phew. So here in the U.K. at least we all need cooling down. Many of us are still staying close to home, and needing to be cautious as we gradually get back to doing some of the  things we used to take for...

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Hi again, from a very soggy Devon, the garden has greened up with all the rain and everything is growing at breakneck speed. It's that time of year when you want things to slow down a bit, that longed for flower only seems to last a day or two and then it is gone again till next year. So I am trying to enjoy each new bloom, and spot the things it's easy to miss.We artists are lucky as we can spend an hour or three just studying a single plant, and whether or not the painting goes to plan, we...

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Hello again, from a wet and windy Devon, I was getting used to the sunshine everyday. Breakfast in the garden, my tea breaks looking at the flowers. Ah but how times change, and that is one of the joys of living in Britain. We do often get to experience four seasons in one day. So now my garden has had it's longed for drink, I would like to get back to glorious sunshine we were having, rather than the November -like weather that has taken over. However we can't always get what we want, and for now the skies look...

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We are becoming a nation of avid gardeners ( even more than ever) , taking joy in each new flower and seeing our gardens through new eyes. At least I think that is so for those of us lucky enough to have a garden and the time to enjoy it  . I think as our horizons have shrunk , we have come to really appreciate the details . I am not sure if flowers are genuinely better this year ( due to the lovely weather we've been having) or we are just noticing them more. I am often asked, how...

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Phew, it's hot here in Devon, not that I'm complaining, I love the summer and look forward to it  every year ,after the colder winter months. I live in a small, very small Mid Devon village in the heart of the countryside. We have lived here for 20 years and have grown to love it. However in the past few months we have come to truly appreciate what a privilege it is to have a garden and long country lanes to escape to. I look out at the rolling hills, the high hedges and  green lanes .Devon is a lovely...

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