Category: National Trust

May Miscellany continued

Stunning location for an allotment - Knucklas, Powys

Stunning location for an allotment – Knucklas, Powys

I am writing this post just one day after the one I posted yesterday, on Sunday 26th May. Only because I am taking a holiday which for me is unusual – working trips away, yes, but time away without a professional slant is something I have not experienced for over two years. Already, before we have even left home, I have a list of activities that in fact impinge on this, and other blogs and magazine features. For one of my favourite allotment sites is located within walking distance of where we stay with our caravan; in fact you can see it from the c’van kitchenette window when I prepare our usual away-from-home salad supper. It will have to be visited for up-to-date photos!

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May Miscellany

Scrambling through the shrubbery

Scrambling through the shrubbery

Sunshine at last here in the north Cotswolds (second day running!) and, according to the Met Office weather chart, it’s pretty much stable over the whole of England and Wales. High pressure of 1024 millibars over the whole country, so not much damaging wind either. The sunshine is much needed to encourage my young seedlings to put on a growth spurt. It’s been far too cold for newly sown veg to thrice, except the lettuce under cloches. And the high winds a couple of days ago have destroyed any chance of a crop of walnuts this year – all the male catkins were blown off before pollinating the female flowers.

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Inspiration for your garden

Clearing overgrown beds on one of the few days  I have been able to garden this year

Clearing overgrown beds on one of the few days
I have been able to garden this year

To write yet again about the weather and its impact on gardening in winter would seem to be either lazy, or churlish. Just because the ground is frozen, or it’s been raining or snowing here, does not mean it has been the same for everyone in other parts of the UK. Though I do actually walk around our acre each morning when I attend to the hens and note conditions, feed the wild birds and generally observe how the lengthening days are already stimulating new growth. And I have been outside on a couple of days hacking at the brambles that overtook us in 2012. How could we have let such a situation occur? Because most of the time was spent travelling!

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Visits to inform and inspire

Gaining inspiration

Gaining inspiration

All week, I’ve been editing a travel magazine, which you might think has nothing to do with gardening. But it has – for so many readers love to visit gardens, for ideas and inspiration for their own plots at home. Once urgent tasks in the allotment, veg beds and flower borders are done, you can perhaps feel justified in taking time off gardening chores and decide where to go. Where better at this time of year than gardens of the National Trust? There are so many aspects to discover, with volunteers often on hand to answer queries.

 

 

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April progress

Planting srawberries in the eco-garden

Planting srawberries in the eco-garden

After a very wet Easter here in the Cotswolds, it’s all systems go to sow and plant before we start on our travels around the country visiting plant shows and inspirational gardens. The nettle patch within the ‘eco-garden’ that I was seen digging in the April e-News is now cleared and planted with strawberries; sharing space with shallots ‘Mikor’ which I did not have room to plant in the courtyard potager, and some supermarket garlic that had started to sprout!

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