In the Genus Garden

Cherry Aid

2020 must surely go down as the gardeners’ ‘year of the cherry’.  We’ve waited years for our trees to produce a respectable crop and this year they excelled, benefiting from a combination of a wet winter followed by a hot...

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Hampton Hack

Fans of alliteration will enjoy recent posts from the Genus garden.  Last time The Chelsea Chop.  This week The Hampton Hack!!   Quite where that name originated we don’t know but it has morphed from The Hampton Court Hack to the simpler...

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Chelsea Results

No not the latest football scores!  We’ve already mentioned how organised we’ve been this year with our mulching and timely staking.  Another job we carried out was the much vaunted ‘Chelsea chop’  Around late May, usually when the Chelsea Flower...

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Pretty in Pink

We’ve started spotting one of our favourite plants in several gardens recently.  Deservedly so.  Dianthus carthusianorum comes from Spain and other parts of Europe where it’s primarily a grassland species but makes a beautiful addition to a border as long as...

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Annual leaves

After the excitement of spring and the fecundity of early June we have started to fill areas in the garden with annual flowers.  Some have already been sown in-situ and now several months later, when we’ve almost forgotten them,...

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Making space, filling space

We’ve had a busy few days in the Genus garden.  For some time a large Choisya has threatened to block a path and crowd out a lovely variegated holly.  We reduced it by about a half and although it...

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Pond life

Our pond at Genus HQ brings us so much joy as well as a myriad of life into the garden.  There’s not a month in the year when something isn’t attracted to it’s cool depths whether for food, shelter, or...

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From cold to hot

We paid for our enthusiasm and early planting when our french beans got nipped by the frost a few weeks ago but luckily a layer of fleece protected them from the extremes of the cold and new growth is suggesting that...

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Social climbers

Genus HQ is looking fabulous at the moment with the cottage swathed in climbers at their absolute prime.  Blending the house into the garden, their enthusiasm for life requires a firm hand but they repay us so generously with their...

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Blooming iris

Last year we split and divided clumps of bearded iris that fill the border on the south side of Field Cottage.  Each rhizome was carefully checked for disease, some were discarded, and those remaining were replanted.  We remembered the advice...

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Stake and Chicks

Every year we promise ourselves that we’ll be a step ahead with the staking of plants at Genus HQ.  We rarely get it right but this year have avoided the mid season ‘firefighting’ by putting aside some time this week...
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Blue is the colour

Visitors who come to Genus HQ pass by a small border that looks especially good at this time of year.  Early primroses in February set the theme and are followed this month with a blue and yellow palette that continues...

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The Woodland Garden

Located to the side of a small copse our woodland garden is a great success at this time of year.  Recently carpeted with narcissi and snowdrops and containing a range of mature shrubs this area is a joy to explore...

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On a High

We’ve left some of our pruning of the apple and pears rather late this year so it was a case of ‘out with the tripod ladder’ and ‘get up high’ to deal with the excess growth that was thrown up...

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Fanned Scent

A small bed against  the north wall of Genus HQ is planted with a nice mix of  geranium, hellebores, saroccoca, and bulbs.  Several years ago a favourite philadelphus was threatening to swamp the bed and so rather than risk moving...

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A Day in the Sun

Wonderful weather this week has allowed us to make some progress in the garden.  An area in the woodland garden has a number of Betula jacquemontii underplanted with a variety of shrubs, hellebores, and bulbs.  Carpets of self seeded...

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Jobs a'plenty

We spent some valuable time walking around the garden this week looking at jobs to do and making decisions on some shrubs that needed moving.

Three philadelphus have been struggling to put on any growth with competition under the canopy...

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Digging up the stumps

In the film Out of Africa Meryl Streep may have had a coffee farm 'at the foot of the Ngong Hills’ but at Genus HQ we are very proud of our ‘hazel nuttery around the back of the garden shed’.  Planted...

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Simple Division

With the recent wind and rain we’ve been holding back a few tasks that we could do if things got just too tempestuous to carry on working outside.  Thursday was just such a day where an hour or two would...

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Net Result

This week we started to  replace the netting on our much loved and productive fruit cage.  Stage one was carried out several weeks ago when a mistake was rectified and we removed what...

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Tea and no cake!

With the air crisp and the grass frozen we kept off the lawns last week and spent some time spreading compost on the vegetable beds and turning the heaps.  Our three bay system had become completely full and a large pile...

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