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November 2023 Mid-Month Newsletter

"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again." Lewis Carroll

DYK: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - also known as Lewis Carroll - had worked as a librarian at Christ Church College in Oxford. His office window had a view of the Dean's Garden.

Lewis wrote in his diary on the 25th of April in 1856 that he had visited the Deanery Garden, where he was planning to take pictures of the cathedral. Instead, he ended up taking pictures of children in the garden. And so, it was the Oxford Botanic Garden that inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice In Wonderland.

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How To Help Wildlife In Your Garden This Winter

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In a natural environment, cold weather is the biggest obstacle wildlife must navigate each winter. Small critters are most susceptible to this – and their population spikes and troughs are closely linked with warmer or colder years.

Making a garden or green space a textured space with lots of nooks and crannies, as well as sources of water and natural food, will help support birdlife in particular through the colder months. Read the full article from House & Garden UK here.

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2024 Trends In Garden Design

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Garden Design shares 10 gardening trends on the rise in 2024

The current trends in gardening can be summed up in two words—resilient and creative. Resiliency is required not only from gardeners forced to work with unpredictable climate change (and all that’s associated with it!) but also from plants. And for gardeners, resiliency leads directly to creativity, whether embracing new concepts, thinking outside the box, or adapting to a new "normal".

  1. Enhancing with Edimentals
  2. Exploring Naturalistic Planting
  3. Preserving Every Drop with Rain Gardens
  4. Learning to Love Bugs
  5. Adapting to a Changing Climate
  6. Creating Unique Spaces
  7. Embracing Gravel Gardens
  8. Preserving Our Gardens
  9. Rediscovering Stumpery Gardens
  10. Cultivating Gardening Knowledge

Read the full article here.

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All About Foxglove Beardtongue

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Foxglove Beardtongue is a fantastic addition to native plantings, wild gardens, cottage gardens, and naturalized areas.

It may be found in fields, meadows, and along boundaries in nature. If you want to use it in your garden, grow it in masses in sunny borders, wild gardens, pollinator gardens, native plant gardens, naturalised areas, or rain gardens. The white bell-shaped blossoms last a month. It is excellent for bouquets with freshly cut flowers. Read the full article here.

16 Ways To Block A Neighbour's View of Your Yard

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It’s all about backyard privacy. No one wants a nosy neighbour watching their every move.

“Blocking a neighbour's view isn't about shutting out the world, it's about curating it,” says Pete Kiriakopoulos, a designer and Partner at Studio 1NINE1. “By thoughtfully considering which views to keep and which to conceal, you can create a more intentional and immersive outdoor experience and allow yourself to truly relax.” The Spruce offers 16 cheap ways to block neighbours' views and add design-forward outdoor elements without sacrificing on alfresco style. Find the article here.

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Garden Inspiration

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