In the Genus Garden

Silk in the borders

This week our Garrya eliptica seemed to suddenly turn a corner.  Almost overnight its long silvery catkins started to lengthen and our eyes were suddenly drawn to the back of the  border.

The silk tassel bush as it’s...

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Fascinating fasciation

Our lovely woodland garden at Genus HQ is planted with a range of spring flowering bulbs, shrubs, and perennials.  Each year one of the Helleborus foetidus plants puts out curious flowering stems that exhibit fasciation: a flattening of stems and...

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Feathered Friends

We love feeding the birds at Genus HQ. A range of dishes from fatballs and peanuts, to...

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Under Pressure

This is turning out to be a very wet autumn and winter.  We've had so much rain recently that some areas of the garden have become waterlogged.  And the patio in the flower garden where we like to take our morning...

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Signs of life

We’ve been clearing leaves from the lawns at Genus HQ with huge piles scooped, wheeled, and deposited into our wire leaf-enclosures.  A large mound to the side of the driveway was removed exposing the delicate shoots of snowdrops, drifts of...

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An icy pond

Not long after our first snow of the year air temperatures dropped sufficiently at Genus HQ for the pond to freeze over.  A thriving home for wildlife including toads, newts, and dragonflies it also has goldfish which are our main...

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First snow

We’ve had our first snow of the season at Genus HQ.  Cold blustery showers on already very wet ground made gardening virtually impossible.  Standing on the paths to avoid damaging the lawn, we did manage to carry out some work...

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Splitting and dividing

Some of our favourite plants in the Genus garden are also some of the most successful; they put on so much growth that we dig up and divide them every few years.  Our...

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Dry stone walls

Dry stone walls are a key feature of the Cotswolds where we are based, criss-crossing the hills and meadows creating beautiful field boundaries that total a remarkable 4,000 miles.  Some of the earliest date back to neolithic times but most...

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Ivy for nature

Much maligned for strangling trees and pulling mortar from house walls, ivy (Hedera helix) is a plant that we should  all try to love just a little bit more.  Surrounded by stone walls and two copses we have our...

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Chinese lanterns

Every autumn our Cape Gooseberries announce themselves with bright orange lanterns that go hand in hand with...

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Horse Chestnut

We are very lucky to have two semi mature horse chestnut trees in the Genus garden.  They shelter our three large leafmould enclosures and provide us with a degree of protection from north winds that can cut viciously across the...

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Our Himalayan Honeysuckle

Incredibly reliable and requiring so little attention our two Leycesteria formosa or Himalayan Honeysuckle are real beacons in the garden at this time of year.  Making a change from the usual green, there are several of these golden forms in...

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Blowing in the autumn breeze

We love our beautiful anemones that grow quietly away with little fuss or interference from us.  They bring a splash of light into the north side of the house, welcoming guests with their long, gently nodding stems blowing in the...

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Growing tomatoes

We always grow far too many tomatoes.  Packets of tomato seeds seem to be one of the favourite choices for gardening magazines to give away and we sow all of these free seeds.  Unfortunately, we then forget to keep the packets  or to label the...

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The vole

Found in a hole in the large ash tree next to the front gate was this little fellow; not a mouse, but a vole.  We seem to have a lot of voles in the Genus garden, or maybe it's one...
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Trying to keep up with the work

Joff, our gardener, has been on holiday for the last three weeks so everything is behind and the rest of the team have been struggling to fit in some gardening alongside running Genus and keeping up with the orders.

The last few...

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