Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Thursday, 14 November 2013
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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
|Grotto approach - structure fenced during archaeology/repair, initial planting in.|
Friday, 8 November 2013
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Sunday, 20 October 2013
Monday, 14 October 2013
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Monday, 30 September 2013
Thought I'd enter a post for the RHS Gardening Blogs competition, although true to type, there's a glitch that won't let me install the button correctly on my main page! I've therefore included RHS images that at least direct interested folk to the RHS blog competition page - click for more information and to enter too!
Last week we found ourselves ‘down south’ in Swindon for a business trip, and a lunchtime finish left us with a rare free afternoon. As the weather was fine, quite warm in fact, a visit to a nearby garden seemed too good to miss. A quick scan of the nearby garden properties threw National Trust Dyrham Park into view, but a half hours drive away. I knew from past visits that a neat garden was tucked away behind the mansion, so it was a good bet that we’d have the chance to wander amongst some late season colour.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
It is compact, but it's our space and we love it :)
A home garden...
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Monday, 24 June 2013
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
National Exhibition Centre, June 2013
OK, so what stood out from the crowd this year? I’d have to say that for me, Wild Flower Planting stole the show, by a country mile. I don't know if I'm alone in this, but as time goes by I'm looking for a simpler, more honest gardening style and wildflowers in a garden situation just seem the right way to go. This wasn’t the first garden show to feature planting on the wild side of course, they've been used to great effect elsewhere, but wildflowers were out at BBC Gardeners World in various gardens swishing about in the breeze – and what a breath of fresh air they bring.
Thursday, 13 June 2013
I walked towards an exhibition stand that was promoting a visitor attraction not many miles away from my home, a place called the Butterfly Farm, Stratford-Upon-Avon. The exhibit featured what appeared to be the inner 'net' section of a tent, which was filled with butterflies that were most at home. A fascinating addition to the Butterfly Farm stand, and one that was very popular. I know the video clip doesn't do the feature justice, but do have a look, and do visit the Farm if you can.
Butterfly Farm - Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Saturday, 8 June 2013
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
If you've found your way to here, you'll maybe have picked up that this website features articles by yours truly on gardening and related subjects. This post however aims to promote my first article on another website; as a volunteer blogger for the Heritage Open Days team. I hope my involvement with the team can provide a wider platform to spread positive messages about gardens; particularly ones that open for Heritage Open Days.
The outcome, as far as my involvement goes will hopefully be a little extra promotion for heritage garden properties, which may indeed trigger repeat visits. To this end I ask a favour or two:
- Look out for my posts on the Heritage Open Days blog - every 'read' counts.
- Make a comment - each one helps us guage interest and support for heritage gardens.
- Please use the share tabs at the bottom of article - share the post and support heritage gardens!
'Gardens - To visit or not to visit'
p.s. Look out for up-coming posts such as "Selling heritage gardens", and "Plants and People".
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Friday, 26 April 2013
Monday, 25 March 2013
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Part One can be found via this link
Monday, 21 January 2013
Compton Verney in Winter, a set on Flickr.
Although presently closed to the public for the winter season - work continues in preparation for the coming season at Compton Verney. Over the weekend however, a good helping of snow has fallen causing more than a few problems for staff who needed to get on!
Walking the grounds this morning revealed varied trees, unified by a weighty sprinkling of sparkly snow, and the lawns appeared smoother than ever, broken only by tracks of invisible rabbits. A lone Buzzard swooshed between the iced Wellingtonia’s, a cuckoo darted from shrub to shrub, and a woodpecker hammered on the Oaks in the park Otherwise it was eerily quiet, but for the odd car, and snow plough, in the distance. Luckily, I caught sight of a muntjac in the Forest School area of the woodland, but he was too quick for my camera yet again…
There’s a host of snowy garden photographs on the web just now, but if Compton Verney is special to you, I hope these ‘behind-the-scenes’ shots give a new perspective on this special landscape garden. It is lovely at any time and especially so on the few days each year when we are blessed with snow.
Enjoy the snow - I’ll be there shoveling it up tomorrow!