Let the harvest begin for the humans now!

Well the time has come to pick the ripening soft fruit, blackcurrants, redcurrants and raspberries are ready now. Pick your own at a pound a punnet, punnets by the gardeners cottage. Also ready and picked for you is bundles of rhubarb and courgettes.  It’s about time we humans got in on the act. We’ve had ants eating the direct sown veg seeds, mice eating the peas, pigeons eating the brassicas and now birds eating the soft fruit, we are practically a wildlife centre. Speaking of which we had to cut back till next year our lovely clumps of Solomans Seal due to the larvae of the Soloman’s Seal Sawfly, yet more hungry wildlife!

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Now we have finally had some rain after a 17 day drought the gardens are changing rapidly. Our hard working band of volunteers are also contributing to the changes having spent the week cutting back the verdant growth on the disabled access path and clearing self sown herbs on the terrace beds to replant. I have placed a crate for plant donations by the gardeners cottage if you have any spare cuttings or veggie plants you can leave them in there for us. We have a lot of replanting to do and any donations are gratefully received, if the plants donated we already have or if we can’t fit them into our planting schemes or interesting growing conditions we will add them to our ever expanding plant sales table.

I hope the local branch of the Rotary Club enjoyed their treasure hunt in the garden on Tuesday and I believe we are in the Cambrian with the HSBC volunteer day, but I can’t find a copy anywhere!

I will leave you with a picture of one of the many gorgeous roses out in the garden now Rosa mundi

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Feeling hot hot hot!

There have to be few warmer places to be in this weather than our walled garden, especially the terrace where the walls are closer together creating an oven effect! Very tempted to buy a couple of garden thermometers and see if we are as hot as sunny Spain in there! Despite the heat Cilla our heat resistant volunteer and I managed to do some more clearing and replanting up there on Wednesday.  Adding more tropical looking plants ( Phormium Bronze Baby) and lovely herbaceous perennials (Veronica ‘Crater Lake Blue’  ).  A big thankyou to my mother in law Gabrielle Savage for her donations of plants and a much needed hosepipe and to Cilla’s ever capable husband Fred for his much needed services with WD40 and tools to get the hosepipe connected to a tap for us. Photo0130

Not a bad view on your lunchbreak!

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In it’s full glory, Cephalaria gigantea the giant scabious in the centre of the walled garden.

Watering and Jungle Maintenance

Much as we enjoy the hot weather it has meant a lot of watering of both the vegetable garden’s young plants and the lovely new border made by our HSBC volunteers.  Both are coming along though, I will post a picture of how they are filling out soon. Speaking of filling out I had a busy day on Saturday artistically trimming back overflowing borders from the paths while trying to maintain our beloved style of country garden abundance.  I think I succeeded, I am hoping when I am back in the garden tomorrow things have not grown quite that much in 24hours!

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Gorgeous hardy orchid Bletilla striata in the topmost bed of the terrace.

Photo0198Kniphofia or red hot poker plants are now coming out on the terrace surrounded by Globe artichokes, golden oregano and mounds of catmint in the background.

On a sad note we lost our Champion tree in the Gentlemans arboretum this week.  The largest Sycamore in Ceredigion had sadly become extremely dangerous due to an enormous amount of rot and had to be felled. Much of the wood has been left to lie to provide a habitat for insects.

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The small amount of healthy wood left is shown in this photo, not enough to keep a 4′ wide tree safe.

Gorgeous Geraniums

Well another busy week at Ty Glyn’s walled garden, lovely to see so many people enjoying the place including the visitors lucky enough to stay with us in our Disabled friendly accommodation.  Those walking around today will have seen the Geranium magnificum living upto it’s name with a glorious bee covered display.

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This week we have continued to plant up our vegetable gardens and battle the weeds up on the terrace. We are hoping to do some more replanting on the terrace beds soon, removing the self seeded herbs such as lemon balm and marjoram and replacing them with more roses and exotic plants like Phormium (New Zealand Flax). Looking forward to having a great show here for our NGS (National gardens scheme) day in about 6 weeks time. We will be potting up even more plants so we should have a good range of plants from the garden on sale that day.

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Hard Working HSBC

We were blessed with the glorious sunny afternoon we were dreaming of for our visit from HSBC volunteers to re-vamp a section of the terraced beds. Undaunted by the enormous weeds, which faced them, the 7 women soon got to grips with the task and  achieved a transformation Ground Force would be proud of.

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Just visible behind the willowherb 6 of our volunteers.

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Mulching with leafmould once cleared.

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The plants are gathered together and Ros Laidlaw the Landscape Architect originally responsible for the reconstruction of the garden begins to lay them out ready for planting.

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Once the plants are in their places everyone got stuck in to beautifying our newly cleared bed.

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A drink of water to get them started from Judith and her team.

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The finished bed, full of Agapanthus, Hemerocallis, Crocosmiia and some lovely shrubby Cistus (Rock Rose), Fuchsia, Genista (Broom) and another Prostranthera cuneata (New Zealand Mint Bush) to name a few. I will post more photos as the year progresses and we can watch this bed fill out and flower. Once again a big thankyou to the team at HSBC for their hard work!

A Helping Hand

We are all excited and busy here at the Ty Glyn Davis Trust’s walled garden anticipating a visit from a team of willing volunteers from our local HSBC bank. The volunteers will be working (weather permitting this weekend) on the old Strawberry bed up on the terrace aka the squirrel and vole feeding bed! The bed will need to be cleared of all weeds and unwanted plants, the soil improved and then replanted. Through donations we have assembled a collection of plants to replace the strawberries though we would welcome more plant donations. If we don’t think any donated plants will survive in our sometimes difficult conditions we will add them to our plant sales table to raise funds. Volunteers are more than welcome to get in touch too, our main volunteer day is currently Wednesday!

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Plants and rhubarb for sale in the garden last week, including daylilies and the striking shuttlecock fern.

Half term Happiness

Another busy week in the garden I’ve nearly completed a complete weed of the walled portion and we have been busy gapping up and replanting even more of it. The pond has some lovely Hosta sieboldiana Elegans and the striking dark leafed Ageratina ‘Chocolate’ to contrast with the rest of the planting. The bed under the Walnut tree now has some Rosa Tuscany Superb and blue and white columbines to finish it off.

This week the garden has also played host to fun and games from people on holiday in the area including the longest games of hide and seek I have ever seen (so many places to hide!) and rolling down the grassy banking being as popular as ever.

Photo0048Geranium ‘Kashmir White’ looking stunning in the garden at the minute.

Summer here we come!

Photo0030 Here is the old Asparagus bed, which is with us no more and will now become a cut flower bed.  First cut flowers planted this week and more to follow!

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Glorious Allium schubertii on the terrace accompanied with the rare Prostranthera cuneata in full bloom and smelling just as the New Zealand mint bush should!

A slightly damp week, but lovely to see the delight on the faces of our visitors taking advantage of the disabled access in the garden to explore amongst the beds.

Cut Flower Heaven

After a busy day in the Vegetable Garden, yesterday I have spent the morning ordering some extra seed for our forthcoming cut flower bed. The Vegetable and Herb gardens have always been run in the style of a Potager ie; with flowers and vegetable mixed together, but we will now be adding an extra bed just for cut flowers. The Asparagus, I am told, has always been sulky for us so we will be waving it bye bye and replacing it with rows of cut flowers. Most Victorian walled gardens contained cut flowers ‘for the big house’ and we hope to have one too and perhaps have bunches of home grown flowers for sale in the summer. We have already put in Cosmos and many more traditional flowers will follow. We currently have Rhubarb for sale and a selection of popular plants from the garden including the signature Rodgersia and Epimediums. Come down and see!

Ty Glyn Davis Trust Walled Garden, Ciliau Aeron, Wales