In The Genus Garden

New Homes

Six or seven weeks ago we sowed our brassicas into a nursery bed - their temporary lodgings until they reached a suitable size for transplanting.  Cavalo Nero, purple sprouting, Romanesco cauliflower, and kale ‘Emerald Ice’, have all now...

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Belt and braces

Last year's wet spring followed by a mild summer led to incredibly enthusiastic growth from the plants in the garden at Genus HQ.  Many normally well behaved perennials grew above head height, dahlias excelled, and our Geranium ‘Rozanne’...

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Morning wander with a mourning widow

An early morning wander through the woodland garden at Genus HQ is joy at this time of year.  No sooner are the spring bulbs dying back than the shrubs - Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’ , Cotinus, and Physocarpus ‘Diabolo’-  are...
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Down the garden path

Sometimes sheer curiosity takes over and leads us down several (metaphorical) garden paths.  Several weeks ago we wrote about the cherry trees at Genus HQ and hand in hand with cherry trees goes Collingwood Ingram (1880-1981) better known...

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Perfect Day

With beautiful bright conditions in the Genus garden we spent some time in the greenhouse sowing a selection of seeds.  One of them, canary creeper, is an annual climber related to Nasturtium and something we haven’t grown for...

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Volcanic activity

Every spring sees frenzied activity on a corner of the Genus HQ lawn.  Flying at low level are a dozen or so ashy mining bees searching for new mates and new plots in which to create their subterranean...

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Cherry Blossom

A corner of the Genus garden is affectionately known as Cherry Tree Corner and at this time of year it comes into its own with Prunus serrulata ‘Shirotae’, P. Serrula, P. sargentii, and P. x yedoensis all boasting...

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Pond life

Two weeks ago we mentioned our excitement in the spring while waiting for toads to return to our pond and make merry, where they leave their ribbons of spawn like urgent messages tapped out in morse code.  They...

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Ready, steady...

We’re quick off the block in the Genus vegetable garden this year.  We planted our first-early potatoes (Epicure) in a nice deep trench and covered them with our homemade compost topped off with the excavated soil.  It’s a small bed...

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Potting up

With the sun shining we decided to give the orchard lawn its first cut of the year.  We removed fallen twigs and sticks and in some areas the grass was surprisingly long, but the job was soon done...

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Fungi

Spring has sprung, birds are singing, and borders are coming back to life with early blooms of snowdrops, daffodils, and winter flowering shrubs.  But the slowly rising temperatures have initiated other activity in the garden, where we’ve...

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Garden excavations

Garden Excavations

We’ve had a busy week at Genus HQ, not on large important projects, but on the smaller jobs that often get relegated to the bottom of the list.  The wind-felled Amelanchier which we spoke...

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Dudley disaster

Without invitation, Storm Dudley passed through the Genus garden last week.  ‘Only a broken pot’ or so we thought, until from the kitchen window we spotted the  top of our 12-year-old Amelanchier lamarckii somewhat nearer to the ground...

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Raking up

After raking out fallen branches and debris from under our recently renovated beech hedge (we gave it a serious short back, top, and sides) we decided to renew and freshen up the adjacent path with bark chips. ...

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Getting up high

Lovely weather for the last few days has given us a great opportunity to get to work pruning the apple and pear trees in our orchard.  We deal with each tree in layers.  Firstly, everything at ground...

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Bean busy

Back in early December, 10:35 am on the 8th to be precise, we sowed four rows of broad beans in the Genus vegetable garden.  Through all the recent cold, freezing, wet weather those seeds have been busy, first...

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Quartermaster stores

Recent mulching activity at Genus HQ has left the compost heaps empty and ready to receive more material to use later this year.  One bay containing recently cut-back and uncomposted material was full to the brim and needed...

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Getting nosey

Searching for interest in the garden at this time of year can often be a challenge.  The early bulbs may be starting to show, the wonderful range of coloured and textured tree barks can be appreciated, and of...

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Duvet Day

Last month we were busy weeding, cutting back perennials, and planting tulip bulbs in the flower garden.  With that work completed, the beds were ready for a mulch to be applied.  Very much like pulling a duvet over...

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New Year Entertainment

We recently started to fill the bird feeders that sit just outside the French doors at Genus HQ.  It didn’t take long for the local population to discover what we’d done and within days all the usual suspects...

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Secret Stash

As gardeners we love it when plants behave, flower well, and appear to have read the book on good behaviour.  Maybe that salvia hard-pruned in late spring has flowered non-stop all summer and even now in that sheltered...

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