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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...

Look closely

I photograph the same things over and over. It's partly down to trying to improve each time but also I am hoping to find things I didn't see before.... and I often do.

Badger attack!

The electric fence was not enough. Overnight a Badger, or perhaps an army of Badgers broke in and worked away beneath the enviromesh clawing and munching on our carrot crop. The only solution was to build a corrugated iron corral all round the plot. Sadly we still...

OMG NGS

How exciting, our garden has been approved to be open for the National Gardens Scheme in 2017 The pressure is now on, the inspector showed great faith that before our opening in June we will lick the place into shape....so we have to!