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the border line .. by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Blimey Oh Reilly! A month since the last blogpost. I know what you're thinking .. 'I bet the old buffer has been sitting back, soaking up the sun and relaxing'. ... Read on »
the Toby Buckland garden..? by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Really pleased with the way that the new garden is coming together. We've created a fragrant or scented garden. We call it the smelly garden . More accurately, in honour ... Read on »
the smelly garden...? by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening It's a dilemma. What to call something. The Scented Garden at Cambridge Over at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens they have an area dedicated ... Read on »
a pirates rattle by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Out in our orchard there's pirate's treasure. And I'm bagging it. Yellow rattle (rhinanthus minor) is a parasitic plant that swings into the meadow and whose root ... Read on »
not quite the magnificent seven by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening A tour around the garden today on a team bumblebee hunt and DIY bumblebee ID session. Rain. Cold wind. Not auspicious. A bumblebee must keep its core temperature ... Read on »
June evenings by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening juvenile broad bodied chaser Just lovin' being outside in June. Especially evenings, when the work is done. The cold wind that seems to have blighted ... Read on »
wildflower meadow progress by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening This year we are extending the wildflower meadow at Cordwood. 'no publicity'? It has taken time because some areas intended as meadow were thic ... Read on »
Stop mowing roadside verges - 'Say no to mow!' by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening The mowing of roadside verges and central reservations must stop! Here is my email to my county councillor. Join the campaign!!! Dear Cllr Barnfather, I am ve ... Read on »
a garden tour .. by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening We spoke to the Papplewick Gardening Club in the New Year. Last night they came to see us. Kitchen Garden Phase 1 We took them on a tour of all w ... Read on »
bluebells by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening the arching head of our native bluebell The transition from spring to summer is marked in lucky woodlands by the flowering of our beautiful native bluebel ... Read on »
That was April 2015 at Cordwood! by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening north mounding April 2015 at Cordwood  A summary by a compulsive list-maker! Rainfall Desperate for ‘April showers’ to bed ... Read on »
a home fit for holly by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening There's a local butterfly I've never seen - the Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus). The  Butterfly Conservation East Midlands  tells us that 'spring generation females ... Read on »
Progress report for March 2015!! by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening March 2015 at Cordwood A summary by a compulsive list-maker! A few days of spring weather now make this account seem like ancient history! Ra ... Read on »
a beautiful bumblebee border by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Not single plants, but drifts of them. All bearing simple flowers, providing seeds or shelter. For invertebrates, birds, mammals and reptiles. Natural and beautiful. ... Read on »
a helping hand for hedgehogs by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening We are developing lovely gardens here at Cordwood. And all lovely gardens have lovely plants. But, I am going to suggest that there's something just as important in any go ... Read on »
simple spring flowers to help insects by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening The flush of snowdrop flowers (gallanthus nivalis) has finished in the Woodland Garden. But they have been succeeded by a wide range of exceptionally beautiful simple, ins ... Read on »
woodland garden by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I told you we were getting closer to finishing our development work in the woodland garden. Well, the planting has happened. Or is happening - as you'd expect there's stil ... Read on »
Jill is great on the wacker ..... by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Pain and pleasure. Begun in November, the long and winding road that is the completion of the drives to our bungalows is in view. The man with the chequered flag is abo ... Read on »
finishing the woodland garden is so close I can almost taste it ... by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I don't have to excuse my failure to write anything since the middle of January. But find myself doing so anyway... Let's put to one side the never-ending work on ... Read on »
man with arms like string attempts to dig own grave ... by Rob Carlyle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening A drive up-date has been requested by my reader... as darkness descends, the yellow brick road extends .. Gosh, we worked hard up to Christmas. I ... Read on »