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About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

Return to Wildgoose Nurseries and Garden

We returned in early October to a nearby garden and nursery set in a walled garden, Wildgoose Nursery and Garden run by Jack and Laura Wildgoose. This young couple took over the running and renovation of the walled garden in … Continue reading

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Sorbus at Ness Botanic Gardens

As mentioned in my post about Ness Botanic Gardens themselves we were using the visit to study their many different Sorbus trees, to help us choose one for our garden. Here is a selection of those we found and liked. … Continue reading

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Ness Botanic Gardens

We meet regularly with a group we went to teacher training college with back in 1969 to 1972, for a get together. We often meet up at a garden for morning coffee and lunch, with time to explore in between. … Continue reading

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The Dingle Garden in August

As we reached the last few days of August we found time to travel down to Welshpool, drive through the town and out the other side towards the hills of mid-Wales. Since our visit last month we have had rain … Continue reading

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My Garden Journal 2018 – September

Autumn is officially here according to the Met Office, once September arrives but I like to let the weather tell its own story. There is often plenty of summer left for us. This is going to be a busy season … Continue reading

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Simply Beautiful – 24

Back with another post in my occasional series of posts looking at things that are “simply beautiful”, and in this one we are looking at some sweetpea flowers still showing colour in mid-September. The first two pics are of Sweetpea … Continue reading

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Simply Beautiful No 23 in a very occasional series

Butterflies dominate our summer gardens for their beauty and the movement they add to our gardens. But let us not forget their cousins who grace the darker times in our gardens, the moths. Throughout the summer months Jude and I … Continue reading

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