In The Genus Garden

A new leaf bin

With the imminent arrival of autumn we thought we’d better construct a new bin for the abundance of fallen leaves that we get here at Genus HQ.  The upright wooden posts of the MK1 version had become rotten...

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Early action for late performers

At busy times of the year it’s easy for us to forget to enjoy our gardens and spend time simply sitting and looking.  Having done just that, we're happy to say that the Genus garden is full to...

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Ode to summer

Was it just us or did the subtle scent of mists and mellow fruitfulness pervade the Genus garden a few days ago?  A cooler start to the day, a few fallen leaves, combine harvesters busy to the left,...

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Move, lose or Chelsea chop?

We spent some time in the vegetable garden this week.  Comprising more than twenty small raised beds, it’s taken a bit of a back seat in recent weeks and needed some serious attention.  We hand weeded the wood chip...

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Mothy memo

As we mentioned last week, some time in the borders tidying, dead heading, and tieing-in would be the order of the day.  Many of the dahlias had broken loose from their moorings and were running riot across their...

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Paying the price

We’ve paid the price again for having a few days away from the garden.  The lawns are now meadows, the weeds are appearing everywhere, and the perennials in the flower garden are still heading skywards.  In previous years...

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Old clothes for new

Do your gardening clothes look like this?  We're fascinated by what people wear when they're gardening.  Email us your images and tell us what you like/hate about your clothes.  Send to customercare@genus.gs

If we publish them we'll...

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A new winter diet

This picture of leaves may seem unremarkable but it shows encouraging signs for those of us with who enjoy the glorious sight of a horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) in flower or are lucky enough to have one or...

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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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Scaling the North Face

We’ve written before about the range of climbing plants that envelop the walls here at Genus HQ.  One such plant that we rarely see in other gardens is Schizophragma hydrangeoides (pictured) often known as the Japanese hydrangea vine. ...

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Hot moves

Just like everyone else we’ve been experiencing extremes of heat in the Genus garden over the last week or two.  Heavy rains before it all started have meant that soil moisture levels have remained high and grass that...

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Primping and preening

We spent some time in the Genus greenhouse this week.  Early mornings are always best for this operation before the sun creeps over the trees and makes temperatures under glass uncomfortable.  Some excess tomatoes we’d reserved as spares were...

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High stakes

Another lovely week in the Genus garden and once again we're talking staking.  Dahlias in particular have reached a point where they could quickly become a mess if high winds or torrential rain should hit; all quite possible...

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Bad hare day

We’ve been having suspicions for a few weeks.  Bark stripped off a pair of Magnolia stellata, a ground cover rose relieved of all its buds, little scuffs dug out around the fruit trees, and finally a clear...

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Enjoying the colour

Some time was spent in the flower garden this week dealing with plants knocked by the previous week's rain and wind.  Tidied up and staked where necessary, we managed to create space for smaller plants just coming through and made...

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Holiday perils

One of us had a week off recently.  It coincided with the start of the lovely weather and was the perfect time to unwind by the sea.  Unfortunately the garden didn’t get the memo and continued to grow apace in...

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Euphorbia euphoria

We don’t have a huge collection of euphorbias here at Genus HQ but those we do have are cherished for their contribution to the beds and borders.  In spring visitors are greeted on the path alongside the garage to Euphorbia...

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Candles in the wind

In the Genus garden Malus, cherry, Sorbus, and Amelanchier are trees with exceptional blossom but a favourite on a totally different scale are the Aesculus trees - the horse chestnuts.  We have two, one probably about 50 years old and...

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Working around

This week was particularly busy with an upcoming photoshoot looming and everything working around the unpredictable weather.  With heavy rain from the start we spent time in the greenhouse potting on tomatoes, aubergines, and peppers and moving them into the...

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Under pressure

We’re under more pressure than usual to get the garden looking nice due to an upcoming photoshoot at the end of the month.  Looking at pictures from this time last year the growth is seriously behind but on the...

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Sowing and mowing

More sowing and more mowing were on our list of jobs to get done this week.  Cool mild weather has kept the grass growing and with one large orchard lawn and five other areas to be mown, it’s a...

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