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…And it’s Goodbye from Him…

...And it's Goodbye from Him...

All good things must come to an end. It is with a heavy heart that I have to reveal that today, Thursday 26th November, is my last day at Oakleigh Manor. I am moving onto pastures new and I am very excited about the next stage of my career. Having said that, the decision to…

The Sublime Simplicity of Japanese Gardens Ideas

The Sublime Simplicity of Japanese Gardens Ideas

If there is one thing that’s commonplace with homeowners, especially in the South-East of England, it is their adventurous nature regarding the décor of their gardens. It seems everyone has simultaneously agreed to take on worldly garden aesthetics. Myself included… There are homes with gardens that are largely influenced by Mediterranean themes, by the energy…

Turning Japanese?

Turning Japanese?

Anyone else a fan of the early-1980s new wave band the Vapors? Me too! I that case, I’m the song title which has been taken by the heading of this blog post brings back various memories for you. However, I won’t talk about the intricacies of 1980s music any longer, although I would like to!…

Only 193 Sleeps ‘Til…

Only 193 Sleeps 'Til...

…the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016! With Christmas, all I seem to hear is “only x amount of sleeps until Christmas”, or other variants of the phrase. However, all the while I am excited for the festive period, duty calls first! And one of my duties here at Oakleigh Manor is to keep the Blog…

Moakleigh Manor?

I’m sure you have heard of ‘Movember’; for the month of November, men all over the world grow moustaches to help raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer, as well as mental health issues. This has been circulating since 2003 thanks to The Movember Foundation, a worldwide charity set…

3 Steps to Prune Correctly

3 Steps to Prune Correctly

‘How to…’ Series #6: Prune with Effect   You can view a concise PDF version of this blog post by clicking here. From there you can save as well as print the version for your own leisure. Happy reading!   Much like the hair on your head, plants grow. When your hair gets too long, you…

Three Steps Towards Your Organic Garden

Three Steps Towards Your Organic Garden

‘How to…’ Series #5: Go Organic.   You can view a concise PDF version of this blog post by clicking here. From there you can save as well as print the version for your own leisure. Happy reading!   It can be due to a number of potential reasons, but the view and perception of organic…

5 Pointers to Keep Yourself Safe in the Garden

5 Pointers to Keep Yourself Safe in the Garden

‘How to…’ Series #4: Keep Safe.   You can view a concise PDF version of this blog post by clicking here. From there you can save as well as print the version for your own leisure. Happy reading!   Safety is a key concept that is and should be championed in all walks of life. No…

‘How to…’ Series #3: Attract Bees

'How to...' Series #3: Attract Bees

You can view a concise PDF version of this blog post by clicking here. From there you can save as well as print the version for your own leisure. Happy reading!   There perhaps may be a misconception about the bee, potentially due to the well-documented aggressive nature of wasps, their close relation and lookalike. Of…

Conquering Crabgrass the Right Way

Conquering Crabgrass the Right Way

Warm weather is something of a rarity in this part of the world and people want to take advantage of the opportunity whenever it presents itself. The same, however, goes for plants, and their biological chemistry does a better job at this. The best example of such opportunistic tactics is the infamous weed that plagues…

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