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

2020 Crocus Memorial Bank

We’re aiming to plant 2020 Crocus ‘Remembrance’ bulbs  in memory of those we’ve lost. If you’d like to donate 100 crocus bulbs £15.50  We’ll buy  plant them for you  in the gardens. When they flower we’ll send you an ecard with a picture of them & an invitation to view. Contact Christine during opening hours […]

Todays Pics from the garden

Pity the butterflies wouldn’t stay still, See you soon!                           

August in the Gardens

Eryngiums are looking good in the Avenue

Progress since 1978.

  We moved here in 1978 with 2 very young children, with a dream of self sufficiency & the good life, then started the main gardens in 1990.  Images show Opencast Mining Site 1990 and a more recent pic taken from the same viewpoint! Our sincere Thanks to anyone who has ever helped us in any way […]

We’ve heard a Cuckoo this week.

 We heard our first Cuckoo of the year May 8th a week later than usual. Plenty of Bees around. 

The Swallows are back at Birkheads

Lovely to see the normal pattern of life!

We’re open Friday-Sunday for meetings with friends & family. 11am-3pm

Snakeshead fritillaries are flowering in the meadow, Daffodils all around the gardens, Hellebores & Spring bulbs everywhere & no crowds. Just been on Radio Ncle Garden Mania, think I got through it alright!

The weather forecast is great for

The forecast is good for Tues & Wed so we’ve decided to take a chance & have a pop up opening away from our usual days. We all need the happiness a bit of sunshine on our backs brings. Easter weekend we’ll be open Easter Saturday, closed Good Friday & Easter Sunday & Monday. 

We are open 11-3pm Saturdays & Sundays in March, we’d love to see you.

Little by little Spring has arrived here in the gardens. New flowers in rainbow colours every day, why not take the opportunity to visit us. The Hellebores are spectacular in borders & the woodland garden, the On the Snowdrop Trail there are now different colours of Crocuses, Irises & Cyclamen associated with lots of tiny […]

Peat Free Organic Compost £6.99 (60 litres)

If you would like to reserve a bag or two of this compost please let me know before the end of the month. by leaving your name & phone number (text or message). It should be available for Click & Collect mid February but I’ll confirm nearer the time.  

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