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Gardens fascinate me. They speak directly to the question of how we regard ourselves in relation to the world around us. The garden is an absolute construct, a living art installation, and as much about the personality of the gardener as it is the plants which he or she chooses to grow. It’s what happens when you put a person on a plot of land, and say “here, look after this, and call it your own, if you like.’ Read more
Weeds get a bad press. These undesirables aren’t to be tolerated in the garden, and should be dug out, hoed over, pulled out or poisoned – anything but allowed to share the garden with our prized ornamentals and vegetables. A whole industry dedicated to their nullification has developed, and it’s testimony to the pernicious nature of the things that this industry didn’t fizzle out after a few years, having done its job.
So much has been written about gardens and gardening it’s a wonder there’s anything left to say. Being brutally honest, there probably isn’t that much. But there are as many ways to say things about gardening as there are gardeners, so I shan’t let that put me off.