My marvellous Kent Claret vine ... I bought it from Victoriana Nursery to keep my ever-faithful calendulas company. Friend Wendy recommends the grapes for grape jelly.

Happy harvesting … my Great Auntie Bee's watercolour of farming life as it used to be, painted in 1950.

The creative mind in action … Coppicing days, Pheasants Coppice, Bishopsbourne.

History …In the garden of Serre de la Madonne, Menton. Seems I wasn’t the only admirer.

Happy birthday! ... My 50th Birthday Party 9th September 2010 at Jenny's, also with Hilda, Becca, Vittorio, Robin and Yvonne and Bianca - Caprese Michelangelo, Toscana. A very special day.

Birthday girl ... Mrs G picking flowers on the morning of her 80th Birthday, a few seconds before she realised that I had arrived.

The forecasts for early February mightn't exactly confirm it, but Spring is about to spring into our gardens. Poet Roberto can confirm it because he really knows about such things.

Here's his tribute to the magic that is about to transform our gardens ... and in so many ways our lives.



February crocuses

Between your two boisterous brothers,
January and March - you come,
Silver sister February, wearing earth stars in your hair,
Constellations of crocuses in clown colours,
Meadows, on which we rest our mid-winter heads.

Your flowers chuckle in the sun spun light,
That makes the songbirds sing again,
In notes of slowly shooting stars,
Ancestral songs that Aquarius pours,
Draining to a Pisces mirror flashes of fishes,
Swimming and singing in the winter-cleaning light.

Meanwhile,
You comb your circus flowers closed each evening,
Sometimes helped by marqueed clouds,
As you sing the songbirds to sleep again,
Quietly, carefully,
So as not to awaken any resting, slumbering grief,
Or to disturb your dormant, dormouse dreams.

- Robert Graham
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