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

10 days to Opening

Galanthus viridapice in flower today.                                                                              Starting a countdown to opening!


Its January & Spring is just around the corner, time to get cracking, – time to snip off brown stems of herbaceous plants at ground level, avoiding damage to emerging shoots. Shrubs & perennials will benefit from a mulch of compost or bark around their roots to conserve soil moisture & discourage annual weeds. Time to finish […]


Wishing You All A Healthy, Happy 2020. due to the mild December we have snowdrops, primulas, marigolds and a few bedding plants still in flower. I’m looking forward to doing the BirdSurvey this year because I’ve already spotted more than I usually do at the end of the month!  

Welly Walk & October Colours

          We’re open for the next two weekends Fri-Sun before closing for winter, why not release the inner child & come for a welly walk, enjoy the autumn colour & stroll through crunchy leaves with no one to see you!

W.I. Bulb Workshop (for details of more courses visit “Garden Workshops” on home page)

Next Bulb Lasagne Workshop is on Oct.4th. 11am-12noon Practical £16 includes a Bulb Lasagne to take home for spring colour. This Sept.Workshop was booked by a group of ladies are from Rowlands Gill W.I. Why not bring a friend? Booking essential. Max 8 participants. (Followed by Gardeners Question Time after lunch.

Wildlife around us

The Woodland Trust at Hedley Hall are across the lane from  us and they’ve recently erected Deer fencing,  guess what we spotted grazing on the other side of our hedge this morning? – wish I’d had my phone with me! They could be a problem, but worth it for a glimpse of these beautiful creatures […]

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

FREE EVENTS – GARDENERS QUESTION TIMES  FRIDAY 27th SEPT.   FRIDAY OCT. 4th. FRI. OCT 11th.  at 1pm-2pm. 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 […]

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! 

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