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Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Kleine episode 6 – Into Winter

Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Kleine episode 6 - Into Winter: In November and December, the first frosts have struck. It's time to put away tender perennials, begin judicious cutting-back and sweep up the fallen leaves.     The garden is laid bare, but beauty is still found in the skeletal structures of fading plants. Holly, box and yew reveal their evergreen glory and the perfume of viburnum and mahonia tempt insects still bravely on the wing. In…

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Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Kleine episode 5 – Autumn

Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Kleine episode 5 - Autumn: With the onset of September and October, the atmosphere in the garden is rich with the smell of ripening fruit and wood smoke.     It's harvest time so there are seeds to collect, pricking out to be completed and tidying to be done. Carol's daughters, Annie and Alice, are home to help decide the fate of the cankered apple tree. And Carol has to prepare the garden…

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Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Kleine episode 4 – High Summer

Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Kleine episode 4 - High Summer: In July and August the garden is building to a peak. Flowers are at their very brightest and most beautiful with geraniums abounding and the fragrance of lilies pervading the garden. To keep the garden looking glorious, there is staking to be done, roses to deadhead and cuttings of asters to take.     Carol sets to work in her hot borders. She plants out the castor…

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Read more about the article Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Kleine episode 3 – Spring into Summer
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Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Kleine episode 3 – Spring into Summer

Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Kleine episode 3 - Spring into Summer: In May and June, everything in the garden is surging forwards, full of exuberance. Rather than sitting back to enjoy it all, Carol is planting out sweet peas, picking the first salad leaves and staking perennials.     Blossom drips from the trees, the woodland garden is carpeted with bluebells, and primal ferns begin to unfold. Carol's opulent oriental poppies pop their hats in the early…

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Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Kleine episode 2 – Spring

Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Kleine episode 2: March and April is a time of huge change in the garden, as the remnants of winter make way for the hope of spring. Carol is busy clearing away the last of the winter detritus to make way for waves of planting. There's pruning to be done, and she sows the first seeds of the year. Snowdrops are replaced by celandines and violets, and along the lanes and hedgerows, primroses…

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