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December news

Posted by Mitch on December 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This will probably be my last entry until next year 2014, so I would like to wish one and all a very Happy Christmas, and best wishes for the year ahead.

Despite the time of year and the very short days, I have managed to get the hedge planted alongside the front wall. We have chosen to use Cupressus Goldcrest, as the foilage has a greenish yellow tint, making for a more interesting colour than normal dark green. The bushes should reach about 5 feet high, which will give us a bit of protection from the East, and in turn give our grey wall some colour!

Further on from the end of the newly planted hedge, we have a Larch tree. I am in the process of removing the moss from underneath, so I can plant various bulbs around the trunk, which will flower before the tree shows its needle type foliage in the spring.

Other projects include moving the chicken run so that I have room to place my new polytunnel and a small vegetable garden. At the moment we have mole problems in that area that need to be addressed. I have decided to hold Propagation Courses again, next year. If you are interested for futher information, please use the Contact Us page. It will be a practical course with small groups for individual attention.

Warm November

Posted by Mitch on November 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This November has been fairly mild. We have had two frosts so far as I write, but colder weather is forcast, some of which may fall as sleet or snow. Despite this, there is still a lot of colour in the garden, even after clearing out all the annuals and cutting some perennilas back. I find I have a nice space in one flowerbed to add in some more perennial plants and Hemerocallis that are still in pots.

The chickens have had their barrier removed, so have much more room to scratch about. Jennie my disabled chicken is still with us and has her own brand new run, which is in with the others so she doesn't get lonely. I think she would like to re-join them, but until she can walk properly, she will stay put.


Posted by Mitch on October 18, 2013 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, it is autumn now and the rain is lashing down. It has been fairly mild, although windy at times. As I write leaves are still green on some trees. Silver Birch is starting to colour up as are the wild cherry trees. Looking forward to playing in the leaves!

Chickens are going through their annual moult, so are looking rather unkempt. No eggs for a few months now, not until light levels improve at the end of January. Still lots of colour in the garden despite one morning of light frost. Last flowerbed to be extended near the summerhouse has been planted up. Having problems with cats digging up some plants, so have made up some garlic spray-see how it works, if it doesn't, will resort to something stronger.

September rain

Posted by Mitch on September 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

After the hottest and driest summer we have had for years, we now have some much needed rain. Since the rainfall, newly planted flowerbeds have settled in and plants are filling in nicely and new shoots are peeking above ground.

The summerhouse has been erected and painted. The dark wood made it look like a bus shelter! It is now mainly green with some cream and looks great. We have set it in position to look across the garden, to the pegola and beyond. There are ongoing discussions about digging a wildlife pond next to it, to attract dragonflies to the this space.


Summery July

Posted by Mitch on July 23, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, July has been lovely and hot so far. not taken long to get used to, and enjoy working in the garden in the cooler parts of the day.

The pergola is up, and all is looking good. The soft gold gravel sets it off nicely, as it does the curved pathways. Using the compost we bagged up and brought with us last year, we now have some very interesting plants that have germinated from it, including; verbascum, galactities, silybum, evening primrose and variegated shoo fly plant! In fact, I could have had an instant flowerbed without planting anything.

New flowerbeds surround the pergola and under the original weigela. I have been watering this bed as we have had no rain, but today did see a wee shower and more is forecast

All this years Hemerocallis sowings potted on, some plug plants potted on too, all in readiness for us when we open our garden next year. Even though it is still a very young garden, there has been a lot of interest.

Hope to get out there and have a nose around other people's gardens next month. Our Daylilies have been spectacular this year, all the better for matching those with lost labels or that have been misnamed.

Flaming June

Posted by Mitch on June 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, it certainly has been hot and dry here, with just a drop of rain this week in the form of heavy showers. We have had bad dust storms due to the dryness of the soil. In one area it looked like the beach had moved in! Still, plants are growing, and now we have had some wet weather, they have put a spurt on, despite the late season, which is about 2-3 weeks behind normal. Weeds are growing apace now too, so lots to keep under control.

Landscaping of the garden has started and is in full swing. Two beds have been completed, one fully planted up, the other just waiting for some decent weather between the showers to plant up. Concrete foundations are to go in for small walls and building of more pathways and further beds. Just now, it is enough to get some plants back in the soil where they belong, plus give me less to water!


Posted by Mitch on April 13, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, April is upon us and weatherwise we have had mainly cold nights, frosty mornings and bright sunny days. No rain as yet, a couple of mornings with wet snow that lasted about an hour or two, but nothing major. The daffodils are finally out in flower, along with Corydalis G.P. Baker -a lovely red form and one of my favourites. I managed to germinate a golden leaved Corydalis, that I collected seed from last year, so am very pleased with that.

The garden landscaping has started, with a pod pergola as the centrepiece. I am looking forward to planting it all up, some in a priarie style, which I have done before and I like a lot. And climbing plants over the pergola. As I am writing, I hear the sound of rain-our first rainfall for a long time. Hopefully it will settle the new flowerbed ready for planting.

February Flowers

Posted by Mitch on February 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Flowers so far during February have mainly been Iris reticulata and Leucojum. A small Primula veris has been bravely flowering since christmas, but the cyclamen gave up rather rapidly.

Seedlings of Corydalis ochroleuca have finally germinated outside. I have been trying to germinate this variety for years. Probably poor seeds in the past, they are not viable for long, and do not store well.

Seeds have been sown this year, mostly herbaceous perennials, a couple of shrubs and Laburnum seeds. If the Laburnum germinate, I want to grow as a fan against a wall or fence. This method is very successful if your garden lacks space, and cutting back normally induces more flowers.

Garden plans are still being drawn up, and now we have been here for a year, we can understand the garden and it's micro-climates. We have an area that lies wet, so will utilise this into a boggy area. Will probably not grow Gunnera again, but do like the moisture loving Iris and Rodgersia.

Once we have dug out the hedge of Escallonia, which was sadly not looked after in the past, and has very thick woody stems, we can decide what else to grow in its place that will give the wild birds cover and food.

Welcome to 2013

Posted by Mitch on January 16, 2013 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to 2013. No snow yet as I write, but bitterly cold frosts over the last few days. These bring with them fantastic sunrises, and glorious colour combinations. Lots of birds about feeding at the table. We have even had a woodpecker! The frosting on the leaves of the bamboo looks beautiful. Looking through the catalogues deciding what seeds to buy this year. So much to choose from!

Plants in flower on Christmas day

Posted by Mitch on December 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Despite the wet weather recently, there were a number of plants in flower in the garden. This makes an interesting exercise, as you really have to delve into your borders. Plants in flower were:

Agyranthemum (in polytunnel)


Corn Marigold


Geum red and salmon flowered








Hope each and every one of you had a lovely Xmas, and all good wishes for 2013.