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Playing Gooseberry

August traditionally marks the start of the silly season so in that spirit…..We’ve  all  heard of tulip mania in the mid-17thc and most will know about orchid-mania  and the fern fever in the mid-19th but what about a gooseberry craze? … Continue reading

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The M9 and rhizotrons

  Last week as I was picking  fruit from some small apple trees I noticed how badly grafted one of them was.   It reminded me  that a few weeks ago I wrote about the history of grafting and prompted me … Continue reading

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Gardeners in London Street Cries…

  Listening to the stallholders in  Columbia Road Flower Market  crying their wares the other day struck a sad note. It’s the last gasp of a centuries old sales technique used round  much of the rest of the world, reminding … Continue reading

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An Orchard in a Box

Nowadays we think nothing of eating exotic fruit shipped in from round the world regardless of season and sold in supermarkets, and few of us grow much of our fruit supply. Apparently we prefer bananas to apples, perhaps not surprisingly … Continue reading

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Robert Gauen & his ingenious horticultural inventions No.1

And here’s a picture starter for 10?   What on earth is this contraption for?  If you’re a regular reader of this blog then think back a few weeks…and there is another clue below. The object, whatever it is, was invented … Continue reading

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