Topsy Turvy.

The Blackthorn,Prunus spinosa, is out. It seems strange for all the buds to be breaking, leaves unfurlingĀ and Magnolias and Cherries to be blossoming and it barely registers on my radar. I can see nature springing forth as I walk the dog, on my allowed daily exercise, but in the uncertain and unnerving times we are …

Trees down, Daffs and Dunes

Well when you are celebrating spring and visiting gardens in Wales around St Davids day you have to have some Daffs. After the storms we had in February our local wood sadly looks like a tree graveyard. With the wind loosening the roots in the sodden soil the trees would have found it hard to …

Diplomacy, Deluges and Discoveries.

Dispute resolution, This week the challenge was a particularly tricky one. Not only as I had to reduce the height of a Holly tree but due to the location of the tree itself. I was called in by the owner of the tree to prune it down so her neighbours view was less obstructed to …

The Rat, the Pheasant and the Goldcrest.

Well what a start this year has had. Whilst I have been paying attention to the frosts and flowers. When I have been out in the garden, the main attractions have been of the animal and bird variety. Firstly, The Goldcrest, one of these wonderful little birds is becoming quite a frequent visitor to our …

To put you out of your misery… The anwers.

Plant 1 Garrya elliptica 'James's Roof' an evergreen shrub with beautiful catkins, that can reach 20cm in length. It is a vigorous shrub which is best grown up a wall for shelter in my part of the world. It will spread eventually to 2.5m x 4m and will tolerate a wide range of soils and …

Balancing the trudge back to work with the optimism of a brand new year.

Acer griseum at Bluebell Arboretum, but more about that later. One minute you are locking arms with strangers, singing Auld Lang Syne and full of optimism and hope, at the prospect of a whole new year stretching out before you. The next, the alarm is ringing rudely and it is back to reality with a …

Winding down….

The Larch trees have dropped all their needles but the cones still look lovely against the blue sky on a rare autumn sunny day. Well, apologies for being awol for so long. December has flown by in a blur of Mummers Play, Norwegian trips, Carol singing and present buying. The gardening is dull and cold …