Just so I remember stuff…

Planted Asparagus

We lost all our asparagus due to very cold spring and neglect so trying again! Autumn planting is unsual but quite feasable, particularly here in Cornwall. We got 10 of each and they are planted in two rows 5, 5, and 5 each alphabeticly from the bank. Asparagus set out Asparagus put to bed We got ours from D.T.Brown who describe the collection like this: Mondeo: Asparagus Mondeo is a very impressive, very early, all male hybrid asparagus which we have found produces impressive yields of juicy spears. Read more →

Camellia - flowering in October

Again this year the Camellia is flowering really early - end October. This is its second year and last year we put early flowering down to the disturbance of replanting but there isn’t that excuse this year. Read more →

Leatherjackets - trying out nematodes

Update About two weeks after treatment it is begining to look like the nematodes are working. The brown patches are greening up after a quite a lot of a rain. Original post Earlier this year we suffered from leatherjacket damage, direct to the grass roots and subsquently when badgers dug up the grass to eat them. There is no longer any chemical control available for cranefies so we are tring nematodes. Read more →

First flowers in wild flower meadow

We have been trying to establis a wild flower meadow for 4 years and it may, finally, be starting to get going. We put in about a hundred plugs and about a 60% are thriving. The first to flower are the delicate Ragged Robin Read more →

Badgers digging up the lawn

Badgers caught digging up our lawn First the lawn was attacked by leatherjackets, which left large bare patches. Then starlings came to feast on the leatherjackets and that was fine because the pull them out surgically leaving small neat hole - good to aerate the lawn. But now we have badgers, who are not nearly as neat. This is what the damage looks like The red crocs are mine, not the badgers’. Read more →

Spring is late in the garden 2018

Very cold winter After a long cold wet the winter first Blackthorn blossom is showing on 15 April 2018, and potatoes just showing through about the same time, about a week later than last year. Filled in some holes The cold winter left some holes in the Burncose bank so we filled in with Armeria maritima ‘Splendens Perfecta’ Argyranthemum ‘Cornish Gold’ Leucanthemum ‘Wirral Supreme’ Buddleja globose Read more →