Category: Gardening

Returning to normality

The hay run can be quite challenging…everyone wants to be a part of it! As usual, wildlife is full to over-flowing with hedgehogs. Almost 100 at the moment. The really sickly ones need hand-feeding. This little chap has the most awful lung-worm and was close to death when he came in. He’s hanging on, three days later, thankfully. We also…

A special needs hedgehog, and other news

I have another special needs hedgehog. Drum roll please. Introducing…. Hattie! Hattie arrived at the rescue, as a tiny hoglet last autumn, unfortunately, she has trouble walking. The vet thinks she has a neurological problem, she can use all her legs but has no coordination at all and rolls about. All four legs seem to go in different directions. Despite…

Patience

Patience, it seems, is a good quality for a gardener to have, that, and endless optimism. This white clematis was planted six years ago, I had three old dogs at the time. Heartbreakingly, they all died, one after another, and then Sam and Annie arrived as pups, and took an immediate fancy to it, along with dozens of other plants. Their…

A little broken…..never beaten

Buddy…..get OFF that pot! How are plants to grow??? Busy, busy busy! Grow little seeds, whispered the breeze.. Oh…the joys of spring! Apricots this year? One can dream… Ah…yes. You are gorgeous. So are you, little one. Not ravaged by running beasts. Yet! Big, blousy and adorable. Small, blousy and adorable. Oh, where did you come from? Planted by squirrels?…

Out of kilter

There has been talk of climate change for years now, and while the alleged experts continue to debate the causes, the weather and seasons become ever more erratic and unpredictable, to the point where the process has now been given a name, “Weather Weirding.” Across the globe, incidents of severe and extreme weather are now becoming the norm. I have certainly noticed a change…

A lost season

A disappearing lawn….how many times have I been here? Dogs! Sighs. This summer I haven’t managed any gardening, at all! Borders are completely overrun with weeds, especially mare’s tail, brambles and ground alder. Shrubs and roses are in urgent need of a good prune and ivy and other climbers have long since escaped over the roof, fences or into trees, while a few thousand apples currently…

The Big Apple beckons

Now….. I shant name this rose! Why? Well… I seem to be losing the plot of late! My lift doesn’t go all the way up, the lights are on but no-one’s home! I have sinned dear readers! Twice, in my last posts I have named plants incorrectly….more haste, less speed! Sooooooo sorry….I have given my wrist a jolly good slapping.…

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