Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Autumn's Ups and Downs; Diary

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Autumn's Ups and Downs; Diary

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ROOF GARDENING: When we moved our nursery from next door, we brought our shed with us. Neil put extra windows into the back wall so you can see right through from the garden into the field.

But the other new feature was a green roof, planted with all sorts of perennials from our nursery - anything we thought would enjoy the conditions there.

The roof is always abuzz with insects. It must be like a great big floral flag - a kind of runway that announces the route into the garden.

Often it's left to its own devices - the only reason to get up there is to water it when we've been without rain for weeks. Right now I'm scaling the ladder to collect seed up there.

Agapanthus (below), polemoniums, eryngiums and verbascums have all ripened brilliantly, so it should be a good haul.

HELLE BELLES: While I'm up on the roof, there's a good view of the lower part of the garden.

Since we've done a lot of clearing up and cutting back in there, from on high it's easy to see where the hellebores that have been waiting in their pots in the wings could be planted. …

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