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Sarah Shoesmith's Blog

On the Menu for ...November 2018

Here in rural Norfolk, the chives are still flowering as if it’s summer, as are the delphiniums and geraniums. New blooms are opening on roses and mingling with plump glossy red hips. Winter is taking its time to arrive; it clearly hasn’t read the barrage of reports screaming that next week our gardens will be at the mercy of plummeting temperatures, snow and ice. 

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On the Menu for ...October 2018

October can be so unpredictable! In some years we are up to our ears in thermals, wondering if we have skipped autumn altogether in favour of winter; then the next year we might be out and about in summer clothes as if it's mid-July

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On the Menu for ...September 2018

With summer flowers mingling with remontant roses, we might be tricked into believing that it is June were it not for the shortening days, ripening berries, and wonderful autumn flowers.

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On the Menu for ... July 2018 at 'Hampton Court'

The Floral Marquee at Hampton Court is a wonderful place to discover new plants; it is also one of my favourite places to watch pollinators. 

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On the Menu for ... May 2018 at 'Chelsea'

Despite a challenging winter and spring, the growers and exhibitors at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 have succeeded in bringing together a beautiful array of flowers grown to perfection. With so many delights on offer, which plants do bees go for? And for those of us on the lookout for something a little different, are there new plants to suit us as well as pollinators? 

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On the Menu for ... April 2018

Spring has arrived late in my garden. Early spring flowers are blooming as if it’s the middle of March, not Mid-April. 

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On the Menu for ... February 2018

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be chomping at the bit to get outside and sink your hands into the soil. If you garden on clay though, you will require so many pairs of thermal gardening gloves to cope that you won’t be able to move your fingers.

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Menu Planning for Wildlife

Planting bulbs is rather like waiting for a bus. After a seemingly endless lull, four seasons’ worth of bulbs arrive at once.

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Menu Planning for Spring

Menu planning now for pollinators in winter and spring might seem like hosting a banquet with no confirmed guests, but since I have seen butterflies or bees in my garden during every month of the year, I don’t believe that any consideration of their needs is a waste of my time.

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On the menu for... August 2017

There is still so much to look forward to, and it appears that the bees cannot wait. Although not quite flowering, Sedum is smothered in bees. It is as if they are impatiently knocking on the closed door of the best bar in town. Perhaps I should point them in the direction of the cardoon saloon. 

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