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Mad May

Posted by Mitch on May 2, 2016 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I can see that I have not posted on here since November last year. Firstly this is due to my studying leaving me little time to get online, but I managed to revamp this website so it is easier to navigate and is relevant to the garden we currently own.

Not much landscaping has been ongoing as the weather was inclement over December, January and February. After recieving some devastating news about my husband, we have decided not to open the garden this year with Scotland's Garden Scheme. I will of course be only too happy to give anyone a guided tour with all monies being donated to Macmillan Nurses instead.

We have also decided to place the property on the market as we feel we should downsize whilst we are still fit enough to do so. If you are interested in viewing, plus the option of owning a wonderful garden at the same time-we would love to hear from you!


Whew! November already!

Posted by Mitch on November 8, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been an interesting year weatherwise. Spring was cold, and the summer lagged behind by about two weeks. We planted up a new border in April, which by July was burgeoning! This was probably due to all the guinea pig manure I used before planting up. Late June saw our first Open Garden evening, which despite rain easing 5 minutes before our first visitor, proved quite a success. Then came our Daylily Weekend mid July. We were well attended. Saturday was quite cold and overcast, but the Sunday turned into a glorious day with warm sunshine. Lots and lots of positive feedback, and we made over £500 for Macmillan Nurses. Planting continues, and new borders and landscaping is in the pipeline. We revamped the back garden, so may be able to allow our visitors to view this area now. Seeds have been sown, and some already germinated for next year. Weather is starting to slow things down now, although a lot of plants are still flowering.

March

Posted by Mitch on March 23, 2015 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Sorry I haven't posted for a while. Life in the garden has been busy with seed sowing and redeveloping areas plus totally new landscaping. The weather over the winter has been mild, some cold frosty mornings mixed in with lovely sunny, warm days. It is great to see the days stretching out now, which is bringing on plants and shoots. Miniature narcissus are in full flower power, with alliums and Hemerocallis poking through. I managed to kill a mole who was damaging plants. The mole trap was very effective. there are others, but I have not caught them yet. We will expect to see many more as they are building in the field next door.

The new landscaping in the rear garden is very successful and all I have to do now is plant the new beds up Also, the newly created flowebed out the front seems to be working well, and I am looking forward to planting that up too.

2015-Happy New Year

Posted by Mitch on January 31, 2015 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

A Happy New Year to you all. May your plants grow well this season. We have snowdrops in bud in the garden at the moment. Amazingly they have taken from clumps swapped last year and I want them to spread under the Alder trees. A couple of Hellebores have been brave enough to start flowering too and Daffodil and Ret. Iris are showing foliage. Weather here today is very very windy, with sleet and rain showers. Not long now until I start to sow perennial seeds. What an exciting time of year.

December 2014

Posted by Mitch on December 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh dear! I see that I have not updated since the summer! Busy busy busy! We have been  landscaping the area next to the new fence. The corner by the gate is now planted up. A gentle grassed curved pathway leads up to the fence line. This is placed over the old tree stumps so we can mow and keep tidy, until the stumps rot away. A huge mound of earth is waiting for better weather (It is snowing as I write) to get spread across this new planting area.

Opposite this area on the other side of the drive way, we have dug up the grass under the original cherry tree, making two curved flowerbeds, plus rearranged the rocks alongside the driveway to make a bay for  ornamental grasses growing out of gravel that connects to the drive way gravel. I have managed to plant a huge collection of Hellebores in this area, along with more Daylilies.

In the rear garden I have changed the way the area is used. As we have a mole problem, we are going to cover the planting areas to deter their diggings. This includes a raised flowerbed in the centre of the area, where the chickens used to be, then a new pathway alongside the conservatory, raising the planting level slightly.

I will close now, wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and fantastic gardens in 2015.




July 2014

Posted by Mitch on July 16, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Well July has has the same mixed weather as last month as well as some very hot days. Garden opening is going well. We had a group of 16 one evening, which was mainly about Hemerocallis. All enjoyed my short talk and wandering around the garden. It was surprising how many cars we could fit on the driveway, so are considering an evening opening next year. I would like to do a Daylily weekend at some point, plus start up Propagation Courses. Lots in the pipeline! Landscaping is still in progress, and the pieces are starting to combine well. Managed to gain further vegetable bed space too, so am deciding what to grow next year.

June 2014

Posted by Mitch on June 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Haven't posted on here for a while. Busy busy busy! Pricking out seeds and weeding plus a good garden tidy up for us as we opened the garden on 1st May by arrangement now until 30th September. The leylandii 'trees' were cut down and a new fence erected. Suddenly we have an extra 5 feet of space...lots of plans and planting ideas being formed. The Penstemon meadow is on course to be planted out very shortly, along with some Hemerocallis that need to get out of their pots. Weather is inclement at the moment, sunshine and rain, but the garden is enjoying it and the plants are flowering well. Managed to find a cheap plastic greenhouse, so trying some tomatoes, cucumelons, courgettes, coriander, melons and oca in there.

March 2014

Posted by Mitch on March 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This month has been mild too, although the back half of March has been cooler. One or two frosty nights have pushed seeds into germinating, so there is usually something that has germinated daily showing green spikes in the morning. March has been very windy and Daffodils have been the main casualty, getting snapped off at the base. I have them in a jam jar, as my one and only vase got broken.

Plant growth is surging ahead now, and it is great to see new flowers opening daily. One amazing find was Nonea lutea. I have been trying to grow this plant off and on for some years. Composted seeds obviously work as they germinated the back end of ast year, after sitting in a bag for a year, then the compost being spread over the flowerbed early last year. Easy germination this way it seems!

February 2014

Posted by Mitch on March 22, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This month has been mild and dry. Plants and growth have come on fairly rapidly. Seeds have been sown and plug plants potted up for the open garden sales. The area under the larch has been turfed and planted up with woodland lovers. Hopefully it will mature over the summer. Still lots of space to fill under there so a great opportunity to aqcuire more plants!

January 2014

Posted by Mitch on January 19, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, it is January, a new year and seasons for growing. I have made some progress under the larch tree regarding the removal of the moss before planting up with bulbs and spring flowering perennials. The weather today has beaten me however as the rain has set in. One corner of the garden contains a Juniperis horizontalis, which is trying to cover the lawn! I think this will get removed soon. Space then for another species or something completely different. We can see this section of the garden from the window, so maybe some colour out there.



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