Garden Views

Fridays with the gardener (Christine)

Monthly Walk & Talk with the gardener. Next Date. Sept.6th.  The idea is to solve gardening design & planting problems as we discuss the purpose of plants in the garden- what plant to put where, how will it ‘do’ in your soil, plants for specific places, how to achieve successional planting etc. If its popular […]

Pollinators in the Garden

Sit in our gardens and the buzz of life all around you is almost overwhelming, the colour & wildlife of flower rich meadows supports a greater number & diversity of pollinating species than any other habitat. A fifth of all priority species for conservation are associated with grassland and enrich our lives by giving us […]

May 23rd. Birdwatching for Beginners; Booking/Details

Join local ornithologist Michael Turner to learn the basics of birdwatching and get the best out of this most enjoyable pastime. We will look at identifying birds by sight and sound and what equipment you need and more importantly don’t need. The event will begin with a guided walk of approx. 2.5 miles following local […]

Guided Birdwalk

Join local ornithologist Michael Turner on a guided birdwalk starting from Birkheads Secret Gardens through the various habitats of its surrounding fields & woods. The area is rich in birdlife including including skylark, lapwing, curlew & buzzard, enhanced by visiting summer migrants including house martin, swallow, chiff chaff & whitethroat. The walk of approx 2.5 […]

WFGA VISIT & RADIO INTERVIEW

 We had a lovely day today for first group visit of the year with WFGA. A guided tour of the gardens followed by lunch then a tour of the propagation areas. It was nice to see Marian Foster from BBC Radio here again, her Gardening programme GARDEN MANIA is at 9am on Sundays. Marian interviewed […]

The contractor have left the site.

Feb. 20th and we re-open on the 22nd. Things are being returned to normal and we’re really pleased with the standard of work. Now its up to us, we’ve laid paths, dug over the soil, reshaped the borders & we’ve emptied one compost bin over the area with another in hand for the remainder when we […]

Installation of a new sewage system

Feb 14th The new system runs from the Toilet block down into the cottage garden, the work started on Feb 4th – the first pics were too horrendous to show, 1metre deep trenches &  for sewage, rainwater & electricity across the garden and a huge underground tank put in place with 3 or 4 machines […]

January and we’re not sleeping…
Mid December

We’re still working in the gardens to keep them looking good for reopening in the spring. Its been cold this week but we’ve enjoyed the vibrant  yellow, black & red coloured stems of shrubs, scented flowers of Mahonia, Skimmia & Sarococca and there are still lots of coloured berries still around for the birds. 

Enjoy the Autumn

Top of my list is planting spring bulbs, November is the best month for planting Tulips, plant them deeper than you would normally, at least 5ins deep. For repeat flowering use old tried & tested varieties Apeldoorn & Golden Apeldoorn 8ins deep. I’ve had some flower every year since ’98 planting. A close second is […]