Gardener's Reports

25th May 2022

Bluebells.jpeg

The ferns were taking over from the bluebells, eyebright and bugle in the apple orchards and so have been topped to let the moon daisies and knapweed take over, with little pockets of fumitory and 'eggs and bacon' here and there.

 

The cow parsley has taken over the hedgerows and lanes are providing a bridal tunnel for visitors.

The main concern here has been the insects, or lack of them, for the last five or six years. The cottage doors have been screened in the past to keep swarms of flies wasps and hornets out with the horsefly and the spotted winged variety keen to draw blood in the fields.

The good news is though that we have noticed a slight increase in May with the wild raspberry flowers proving a particular attraction for the many types of bumble bee and honey bees. Forget all this flowers nonsense to attract bees, fruit trees and bushes are the answer.

13th May 2022

The bluebells are fading in the meadows now and the moon daisies are starting to take over flecked with the stitchwort turning the meadows white.

 

The pink tinged white of the dabonnette cider trees and the rose petals of the foxwhelp are adding to the paler complexion of the orchards.

 

The perry trees have flushed and blossomed and should yield a better harvest than last year's weather disaster for pears locally, resulting in only 15 gallons being made.

 

Sales have begun however and the local pubs have been stocked with our perry and cider and a further 100 gallons are mellowing in the cider barn.

The mollyblobs are out in the trough to greet the car parking visitor together with the columbine, herbs Bennet and Robert await the cow parsley taking over stone walls and lanes.

 

Wild rocket and ramsons fill the evenings with their contrasting scents.

 

The lawns are being left for the time being as an unusually large number, about 50, common orchids with their spotted lanceote leavs have appeared. 

Detail of white flowers cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris). A fly is sitting on a flower.