Pumpkins galore

Pumpkins galore

At the start of September our own swallows upped and left for their long journey south. But as compensation, for at least the next ten days or so, we had mixed groups of swallows passing through the gardens and feeding around ‘The Broccoli Tree’. ‘The Broccoli Tree’...
Autumn Gleanings

Autumn Gleanings

Twice this week we have had geese flying low across the orchard, so close that we can almost feel the ‘whoosh’ of air through their feathers as they pass by and even though it has been several months since we last heard them, their approaching sound is unmistakable....
And then the Rains Came

And then the Rains Came

  How lovely it was to finally have some rain last weekend. Because we have been creating the new growing beds in the Enclosed Garden it has been a very difficult time for the new planting trying to get established . The soil is very dry and with the strong...
The Midsummer Garden

The Midsummer Garden

As it is midsummer we have been hosting our annual archaeology dig at Bannockburn House. The dig began last Saturday with a group of local children excavating a mysterious hollow in the front lawn. We thought that there might have been a well there in days gone by but...
It’s All About The Queen

It’s All About The Queen

It’s been a month of Queen cells at the apiary.  There are three types: swarm cells, supersedure cells and emergency queen cells.  Swarm cells occur when the colony becomes congested – the old queen and about 60% of the colony form a swarm and relocate in a...
Ne’er cast a cloot ’til May is oot!

Ne’er cast a cloot ’til May is oot!

As a young girl growing up in Bannockburn my grandparents often used this phrase and I wondered if it referred to the month of May or the flowering of the May-blossom or Hawthorn. Either way, what it really means is  ‘beware as the weather is often fickle at this...
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