Garden Views

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 […]

Lovely to See You Folks!

I’ve really appreciated seeing so many friends over the last couple of weeks after being immobile & trapped in the house for weeks since breaking my leg in August. I know now that it isn’t just the garden & the plants that I love working with, its the steady stream of lovely people who come […]

October 26th Colour
October 15th Colour
Colchicums & Crocuses

I’ve been given the ok to put weight on the injured ankle this week, its wonderful to get out and meet everyone again. ( I’m the one on crutches if you’re a new visitor) its so frustrating but I’m hoping to be able to get my hands dirty in a few weeks time!  

September Sunshine

Saturday Sept.29th Glorious sunshine & trees starting to change colour. I’m looking forward to exceptional autumn colours this  year after the wonderful summer.

The Season of Fruits & Burnished Hues

This week started with the delicious smell  of cooking  toffee drifting over the gardens, the source of the elusive aroma is the Cercidiphyllum tree in the Cottage Garden changing from green to gold. Trees planted in the arboretum for spring blossom, summer fruits and autumn colour are heavy with fruits of all colours with leaves […]

Summer Days
It’s Day Lily time!

These wonderful plants- proper name Hemerocallis, deserve to be grown more in this area, they love our usual summers- sun & cool conditions but they’re excelling this year with the extra heat. Clump forming, some are evergreen with up to 20 edible lily type flowers on each plant for weeks.