Garden is alive with a feast for all the senses

The creation of a sensory garden in the grounds of Howick Hall by the North Northumberland Branch of the National Autistic Society is to be applauded.

Sue Dawson.

Club looks back on photographers’ work


The oriental poppy is persistent in its spread. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Right plants, just in the wrong place

The definition of a weed is debatable.

Columbine seeds are some of those that can spring up in the garden unannounced and uninvited. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Why ignoring pesky weeds is not an option

The vegetables are looking healthy, mixed ornamental borders are alive with colour, and soft fruit beds are almost ready to deliver. The only problem, and it’s a constant one, is weeds.


Northumberland food producers take their message to Parliament

In the midst of crucial Brexit votes and Prime Minister’s Questions, a small corner of Parliament was devoted to Northumberland today.

Daft as a Brush volunteers John and Raymond, with trustee Derek and WI secretary Carol Reed, pictured with one of the charity's ambulances.

Team talks of ‘fantastic’ service

Hepscott WI

Rosemary is dripping with new plant material. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Garden is full of freebies for planting

We all appreciate plant bargains, but miss out on opportunities to raise our own, free of charge, from saved seed, division or cuttings.

Ceanothus Concha still has plenty in reserve, helping to avoid the break in flowering seen in the past. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Colourless ‘June gap’ is now a thing of the past

What a glorious time of year this is in the gardening calendar.

Image of yesteryear, 30 years ago, do you know where the photograph was taken and who is in the photograph? If so let us know.

A winning combination for quartet

This proud group are showing off a trophy in this photograph from 30 years ago, but where were they and what was the award for? If you know, or recognise anyone pictured, please get in touch and tell us.

Member set out from Lordenshaws near Rothbury.

A steep stroll, but the views are worth it

morpeth footpaths society

Lion Graham Tait with prize winners.

A beautiful day for annual fishing contest

morpeth lions club

A Walk along the Wansbeck by Sue Dawson.

Good things come in threes for club event

Morpeth Camera Club

Ceanothus concha has survived winter.

GARDENING: A brilliant mass of blue flowers and the peaches and cream of gardening

Who can resist peaches and cream served for dessert?

Clematis montana.

Clematis is making a great impression

Amongst a diversity of flowering plants currently flagging up their glorious presence, clematis montana is making the great impression for me.

Image of yesteryear, 30 years ago, do you know where the photograph was taken and who is in the photograph? If so let us know.

Can you shed any light on these four?

These fab four ladies were pictured in Morpeth 30 years ago, but we don’t know much more than that. Do you know what the occasion was, or do you recognise anyone pictured? If so, please get in touch and let us know.

Picture by Chris Wilson

Photography goes hand in hand with conservation

I’ve said before that I am a big fan of wildlife photography.

Morpeth Rotary Club member Derek Robinson and Barbara Ross, of the Friends of Morpeth Floral Clock, who gave an update on plans to restore the rare feature.

All hands on board to restore floral clock

Morpeth Rotary Club


Don’t let the critics run your work down

A good friend of mine, a talented photographer, was upset because a colleague had disparaged her work. It was poetic justice that shortly afterwards a top studio asked her to put on an exhibition.

Cosmos should last until November. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Seeds are solution to add colour

Time is up under cover for all the summer bedding plants, those raised from seed in-house and others bought-in as plug plants.

The strawberry bed and apple blossom. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Outdoor plants get their marching orders

It’s full steam ahead in the garden over this Bank Holiday weekend.

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