Gardeners’ Blog – an informal account and images of the garden past and present
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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!
Saturday Sept.29th Glorious sunshine & trees starting to change colour. I’m looking forward to exceptional autumn colours this year after the wonderful summer.
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 […]
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.