Monthly Archives: June 2011

The journey to Aigas.

As soon as our Open Garden weekend was over we went away for a well earned rest and have just returned from a fabulous holiday in the north of Scotland, staying at the Aigas Field Centre,   for a … Continue reading

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Rosa mulligani and Rosa glauca.

Two roses which always cause comment when we have visitors to the garden, are the huge “mulligani” which is climbing up the dead oak and the dainty “glauca” which has lovely coloured leaves. Rosa mulligani is the same as the … Continue reading

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Yellow peril.

The other day while working in the garden, I found this very yellow spider moving around the leaves of Iris pseudacorus Variegata. It was so very well camouflaged that I only knew it was there because it moved.

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The weekend of our Open Garden.

For 2 months now we have had non stop sunshine with high temperatures and being told that we are now officially having drought conditions. What was the forecast for this weekend, rain, rain and even more rain, high winds and … Continue reading

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Basil’s big bee bonus.

One late afternoon we heard a loud humming noise, looked out of the window and saw a swarm of bees which eventually settled on the gravel area in the back garden. The dark shape like a pair of lips is … Continue reading

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Elderflowers with attitude.

The common elder plant, Sambucus, is found in most country hedgerows, where we all pick the lacy flowerheads to make Elderflower cordial, a lovely refreshing summer drink to enjoy when the temperature rises. The hybridisers have been working on the … Continue reading

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Cutting shapes in the grass.

Its amazing what happens if you stop cutting the grass in the usual way. If you are organic, as we are, then the lawn as such, probably isn’t just grass. I’m happy if it is mainly green.

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