Gardeners’ Blog – an informal account and images of the garden past and present

Gardening for Wildlife in October

Create a hibernation place for your garden wildlife. Many invertebrates will make use of a pile of logs. Hedgehogs may use a ‘hedgehog hibernation house’-make it big enough about 15ins square, stuff it with leaves & leave a few windfall fruits & a flat, shallow plant saucer of water nearby. Stack a few old logs […]

Events, Workshops & Question Time with the gardener (Christine)

THURS Sept 12th & WED Sept 18th. Gardeners Question Time 2.- 2.30pm-  Why not come for Coffee or lunch & bring your gardening problems – I’ll try to solve them. One question per person  & No sick plants please-  a close up + full plant image on your ‘phone will do!  FREE  WEDNESDAY Sept 11th […]

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 […]

Renovations are complete in the Cottage Garden

 We’re all tidied up and replanted after having the new sewage system installed, happy in the knowledge that we’re being extra ‘green’ and just have to stand back whilst the plants grow! 

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…

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