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Dear reader, I know I have dealt with this subject before, but then we have to deal with it every year, it is reality for everything that exists in the universe. The garden in context - behind that cypress The garden is in its decaying cycle, a vital part of being. I feel challenged because like many of us, I don't want to let it happen, and spend lots of time trying to prevent it ! This year though the garden has tipped deeper into the decay cycle, a bit like my ageing body. The challenge comes because as garden makers we are meant to keep up appearances, to be tidy, to be pretty in decay.  The 'arbour' is held up by clematis montana alone ! The shed is collapsing. Owl's perch has rotted. And I like a fool thought, yes let's open again for the NGS next year. Then I thought, no I can't, this space is just too untidy, too scruffy, too decayed. But I step back and think what does it matter ? This is my reality, it exists and I see beauty in it. I simply don't

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