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Mark the Gardener: East Dean Blog 13-12-15

For the Christmas Blog this year, I was going to do a blog based around Oasis song lyrics, but I had another idea, when that happens, you gotta roll with it. The change of direction happened because I received a Christmas card from two people, who along with my fantastic Mum and the gorgeous Dancing Queen, have been the biggest positive influences in my life. Before I became a gardener, …

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Mark the Gardener: East Dean Blog 24-11-14

Things, thoughts and mutterings that have happened this Year. Epididymitis is in no way as funny as it sounds. Scaffolders will laugh at you if a violent gust of wind blows a space hopper down the length of the garden, hits you on the back of the head and sends you flying head-first into a flower bed. Mr BH being well mannered enough not to comment when he catches his …

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Mark the Gardener: East Dean Blog 7-11-14

I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t really been in the correct frame of mind to write for you recently. And that’s a bit daft really, because, and I’m only being honest here, I don’t really write for you, I write for me, to get something of my chest or just to rattle on until I come to a point where I haven’t got anything left to say. So I …

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Mark the Gardener: The Blog is Back

The auditorium is dark. A single spotlight picks out a microphone on stage. Rock ‘n Roll Star starts playing through the speakers. A solitary figure swaggers on to stage. He stands before the microphone, arms  out stretched and then hands clasped behind back. He  bellows:  “I’m Back”. The crowd go wild and another Blog is written. That Ladies and Gentlemen is the backing track that plays in my head, the …

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Mark the Gardener: a Series of Challenges – by Land, by Sea and by Hospital Bed

It’s been a while since I last talked at you, but not quite as long as you think because the last Blog hasn’t been put up on the website due to lots of interesting stuff going on in Eastbourne, which needs to be talked about too. The two most interesting things, I think, are firstly the introduction of The Tiger Mammoth Challenge for walkers – 26 miles starting from the …

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Mark the Gardener: The Future is Rosy

In the Garden, at the Village Flower Show and Beyond … I intend to focus on the garden and what has been happening in it during the last couple of weeks. I have had help in the form of 3 teenagers during their Summer Holiday and it appears to me that the future may just be rosy. We always hear the negative about today’s teenagers but The Niece, The Stepson …

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Mark the Gardener: Blog 10

Sometimes you think you are going to talk about one thing and then as you start you realise that there is a little message roaming around in your brain trying to find it’s way out and you open a little door to have a peak and out comes a fully formed blog. Just what is normal, why do so many of us spend so much time trying to fit in …

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Mark the Gardener: Make the Most of the Delights of the Garden

Phew, can’t stop, ever so busy in the garden at the moment. Will update you further when I have a second. In the meantime, here are a couple of recipes for you to keep the taste buds on track. Rhubarb Loveliness Take 8 sticks of freshly pulled East Dean rhubarb. Trim the ends and chop into 3 cm lengths. Chuck into saucepan. Add a slosh of white wine or red …

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Mark the Gardener: She’s a Rhizome Cowgirl

Some say death is the great leveller. I think that whilst this is probably true, I prefer to think of gardening as the great leveller. Anyone can do it, regardless of age, race, disability, available space or location. I am lucky enough to share my life with some amazing people who have not been dealt the best hand of cards. I also share my life with some amazing people who …

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Mark the Gardener: Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees…

…But Far More Interesting Things Do (From The Financial World To Gardeners World) Back to Blog 4 after the excitement of the cameras in Blog 5. Keep up. Ok, enough is enough, you deserve to know more. After all you have stuck by me for a month now, which in my book would have been classified as a long term commitment prior to my marriage to the beautiful DQ. Prior to …

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