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Obsession: A Chase Story

Written by Josh McCullough

This is the second in a series of posts by Joshua McCullough, the creator of PhytoPhoto, a specialist collection of expertly identified botanical, horticultural and environmental photos; images supplied to a wide variety of print mediums. 

Josh has been a judge for Picture This Photo Contest on multiple occasions. His work is outstanding: we value his contributions to GGW. Check out Josh’ first article in this series, On The Hunt….Fran Sorin


I sometimes sense there is an expectation for garden media- be it a glossy mag, a garden blog or from the book shelf, not to mix ones personal sensibilities up in the subject at hand. As if you should check your character at the proverbial garden gate and stick to the subject at hand- dirt and diseases and new varieties. Sure, there are some notable exceptions, but as a whole it is difficult to find garden media that could be described as revolutionary. It is a pretty, and pretty safe, sport.

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It’s Very Cold

Written by Noel Kingsbury

My office in rather more of the white stuff than we’re used to


 As a visitor to the US I am always slightly bemused by the discussions of hardiness zones, overhearing conversations amongst gardeners like “I’m 3a and I can’t grow lady’s mantle, but friend is just a few miles away with 3b and it grows like a weed”. When asked “what zone are you?” I feel a bit like when visiting India and someone asks you “what caste are you?” (yes, this has happened). We, in Europe, simply do not use hardiness zones, although the USDA system has been applied here, and there are European Hardiness Zone maps doing the rounds – but we don’t take much notice.

So, with temperatures here plunging to –13C (9F), which I suppose might be regarded as a rather pleasant day in some places where this is being read, but is exceptionally cold for us, there isn’t much else to talk about. And we’ve had several weeks of this. Most unfair. A lot of gardeners wondering what’ll be alive at the end of it, especially after 20 years of mild winters (usually no lower than –5C (23F).

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