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Yesterday was spent with my good friend Karen of Widehaugh House near Hexham. Karen was teaching a cutting garden course which I took part in, mainly turning up to eat an incredible lunch and then snip at her garden and create something beautiful with what was available. All the rain of last month, followed by the heat of the last week has meant that at last things are growing and we collected clematis, scented roses, cornflowers, aquilegia, lilac, euphorbia and wallflowers. To call this work would be ridiculous, there is nothing better on a Wednesday than sipping wine in a beautiful garden, feeling the sun on my back and turning my phone off to play with flowers that money can’t buy. The Dutchman cannot compete with this garden. And since July brings a new home with a south-facing garden I have good intentions of working on my own cutting garden…

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