Spring is here

Spring is here

March is proving to be a sunny month this year and what a difference some sunshine can make. We are getting stuck into the lengthy job of preparing the soil beds in the newly laid out ‘Enclosed Garden’. The winter mud is gradually drying out and, thankfully, the soil...
February – Fair – Maids

February – Fair – Maids

This has been one of the best snowdrop years I can remember in recent times. The winter was relatively mild and because the new shoots did not have to push up through frozen, snowy ground, they grew quickly producing generous stems and an abundance of dazzling...
The Gateway of the Year

The Gateway of the Year

And so we find ourselves at the start of another year, in a mild January, in a benign winter. I visited Bannockburn House on New Year’s Day to check on the gardens and polytunnels after the strong winds of the previous few nights. To my surprise, a clump of brave...
The Apiary in Winter

The Apiary in Winter

In winter, honey bees in a colony cluster together for warmth.  Clustering starts when the ambient temperature drops below 14°C – loosely at first but as the temperature drops the cluster becomes more cohesive and compact.  The bees in the centre vibrate...
WINTER WONDERLAND

WINTER WONDERLAND

A rest for the gardener Now, at last, the gardener can rest a while in the dark days of winter as the year’s end approaches and the New Year lies on the horizon. Gardens that months ago were brimming with a heavy crop of fruit and vegetables long since harvested, now...
Christmas is Coming

Christmas is Coming

  Path progress At last we have begun the arduous task of installing the permanent paths into our ‘Enclosed Garden’. The blousy, overgrown holly hedges have been ‘pollarded’. To do this, we have cut them down to approximately one metre in height and hope that in...
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