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Oh dear, that’s a very long to-do list

Published on May 31, 2012, by in Diary.

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Unknown border flower – any suggestions?

Published on May 26, 2012, by in Photos.

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Local garden events for Jubilee weekend

Published on May 24, 2012, by in Diary.

We’ve been asked to help publicise a couple of local events that are taking place on the upcoming Jubilee weekend.

First up, our village of Bratton Clovelly is having an open garden weekend from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd June inclusive (with Midsummer Cottage open on Friday and in the running for any ‘shaggiest garden’ prize) …

Directions to The School Room for tickets can be found here.


Secondly, Coombe Trenchard Estate is having an Arts and Crafts Garden Festival on 1st and 2nd June…

There’ll be talks led by TV gardener Alys Fowler, show gardens from leading designers and the chance to take home goodies by British makers and plant sellers. Art-enthusiasts can preview Sculputural, led by renowned sculptor Peter Randall-Page, alongside the ‘art in the garden’ exhibition. More information can be found here.

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Help – everything’s growing a bit too quickly!

Published on May 21, 2012, by in Diary.

The weather seems to be on the change again with warmth returning to West Devon and the recent combination of heavy rain followed by a few sunny days seems to have got everything in the garden growing like mad. Of course, that means lots of good stuff, but it also means lots of not-so-good stuff too. Weeds are appearing rapidly just about everywhere and if we weren’t feeling overwhelmed before it’s definitely getting a bit that way now. Much of Saturday was spend mowing, strimming and applying weed killer to the paths and drive but it feels like stuff is appearing faster than we can take it down. What’s more, as a complete gardening newbie, I haven’t got a clue whether I’m removing weeds or prized plants so need input from Frances every step of the way which is slowing us both down.

No doubt subsequent blog entries will make it clear whether we or the weeds get the upper hand but I wouldn’t bet against the weeds at the moment.

Having said all that, I hear Lidl are selling a flame throwing weed gun which sounds like just the kind of gadget I need (Edit – Maybe not just yet, dear – F).

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Chives and leeks looking good so far

Published on May 16, 2012, by in Photos.

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Now that’s what I call gardening weather!

Published on May 14, 2012, by in Diary.

After a few weeks of miserable weather we had lots of glorious sunshine return to the gardens of West Devon this weekend.

I’ve been busy planting out broad beans – with thanks to Justin – and peas and cauliflowers that I’ve managed to grow myself in the greenhouse – that’s a first for me. I picked up the pea sticks in Eworthy – they’re very rustic but I think they work well.

I’ve tried to net up the cauliflowers to stop the butterflies getting at them but I’m worried the slugs will find them soon enough anyway.

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