The Scourge of Horsetail

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Let’s start with a bit of pedantics. Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) and Mare’s Tail (Hippuris vulgaris) are two different plants. The first, although often called, incorrectly, “Mare&... Read More


Many moons ago, the then Princess Anne, now Princess Royal, went on a tour of somewhere. At the end of the day, the civic dignitaries asked for her thoughts on the day. She responded that she’d ... Read More


This Malus needs a bit of pruning. For historic reasons, the growth is very lop-sided. When the tree’s in full leaf it’s difficult to make the call as to where to thin it out, though it di... Read More

In Memoriam

The funeral was yesterday. Chesney was laid to rest in the shrubbery, too good for the compost bin. He has a memorial label. I admit that I shed a tear for the fighting fella. Grown from seeds given t... Read More