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Northumberland Diary

Read the latest updates from our Northumberland diarist's garden and travels.

Diary entries

26 Apr 2019 – April update

01 Apr 2019 – Ten Days in the Argolid

08 Mar 2019 – March update

13 Feb 2019 – February Flowers

15 Jan 2019 – Saxy Silvers

20 Dec 2018 – In the deep mid-winter

27 Nov 2018 – It’s a cover up

12 Nov 2018 – Back to Mallorca

09 Oct 2018 – Autumn fires

27 Sep 2018 – A visit to the Czech Republic

17 Sep 2018 – Sharing them out

03 Sep 2018 – Fir-less


Read older entries in our diary archive.

The garden

About the author

John Richards

John Richards has lived in south Northumberland for 50 years and has been a keen grower of alpines, and visitor to the mountains, throughout the half-century. He and his wife Sheila have been in their present garden 30 years and John has been writing this diary about the garden since 2006.

John is Emeritus Professor of Botany at the University of Newcastle, where his research interests centre on the evolution and genetics of plant breeding systems. He is an authority on the genera Primula and Taraxacum (dandelions!). John is an AGS judge, exhibitor and Vice-President and previous President (2003-6).