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Success!

Our first garden opening went well. Apart from a brief spell of drizzle the weather was co-operative and the feedback was positive with some excellent, constructive comments. A number of visitors asked if there could be a garden tour to help them understand how the...

Jack, you meanie – April frosts of 2017

Since Monday night the garden has been the scene of a struggle between the two faces of the best season of the year. Like good versus evil the killer frosts of the night have been slogging it out against the naively enthusiastic force of new growth. We know that April...

When shelter becomes shade

Tucked into a little valley on the Western edge of the New Forest our garden is sheltered from all but the East wind and that can be a plant killer. 20 years ago we planted a long row of mixed deciduous but early leafing trees to block the biting easterlies. Thanks to...

My Garden Right NOW

The Western edge of the New Forest is wet at this time of year. My soil is clay on top of solid clay and so once the earth has reached saturation level the run off is alarming...it certainly was yesterday. We had the heaviest rain for almost a year and it just ran off...

Bushwhacking

About fifteen years ago, more like twenty actually I extended the area of our garden dramatically. It was part of my ornamental grasses phase, that phase never really went away and neither have the grasses, however, while the grasses thrived so did brambles, and Ash...

Carley in Coreopsis

Going back to 2004 while checking some older images I found this shot of Carley in the annual flower meadow in my garden. This was a Pictorial Meadows mix in the early days when they offered just a few mix options. There was a strong bias towards Coreopsis but that...

1888 and all that

As a youngster my favourite climbing tree was an old, leaning Pear tree close to the cottage. The lean made it an easy climb as did the gnarly, spiralled bark. In the Summer I could perch up there immersed in the shiny green leafery and be unseen by passers by. In the...

At last, they are here

I have grown a serious lot of Buddleja this year, many in pots, I like Buddleja and I like Butterflies so why not. Sadly the Butterflies have been reluctant to play ball, either they are in short supply or they have had a better offer, until now, at last there are...

Pest avoidance

Carrot root fly, Badgers, Voles, Slugs, Pigeons all enjoy the fruits of our labours and we don't mind sharing a little of what we grow. However, lately the numbers of mouths we have been feeding has become a real problem so we decided to try and avoid the worst of the...