April and spring is here... hopefully!
Despite a snowy and cold start to April, everything is ready to go! It has been a slow start. This t..
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Seeds and Organised tours

2017 & 2018 Seed ListWe still have 2017 seed available and they can be bought if you visit&n..
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Red squirrels and other wildlife in the garden
First bumblebee, HEARD, on the 10 April. Very Late for here . First spring migrant was a blackcap on..
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April and spring is here... hopefully!

Despite a snowy and cold start to April, everything is ready to go! It has been a slow start. This the month when the garden really comes alive especially after the long winter we have had.

In the first part of April the most prominent plants include large drifts of Erythronium (Dog's tooth violets), the first Trillium species (American Wood Lilies), Pulmonaria (common lungwort), Cardamine spp and some of the early primulas.

Providing there are no more late frosts the early rhododendrons should flower well along with the first magnolias. Later in the month as the first leaves appear, the flowers of acers should be humming with bumblebees. 

Bird song is ramping up and the squirrels are as active as ever!

All in all a wonderful month.




 


Seeds and Organised tours


2017 & 2018 Seed List

We still have 2017 seed available and they can be bought if you visit  the garden.  The 2017 list can be viewed in the "Find Out More Pages". The 2018 list will be available in November. Please email wmattingley@btinternet.com  to order a copy.


ORGANISED TOURS

If you have the opportunity of organising a group of eight or more people (up to 20), we will happily provide a guide for free. Organised visits in the evenings can also be arranged. Larger groups of up to 30 are also welcome. We have limitations on the size of bus which can access the garden but please get in touch if want you to discuss this. We are presently taking bookings for 2018 & beyond.

 


 
 




Red squirrels and other wildlife in the garden

First bumblebee, HEARD, on the 10 April. Very Late for here . First spring migrant was a blackcap on the 8th April which was around the usual arrival time. 

Please come early in the day if you want to see the Red Squirrels. They are fed around 0900 with hazelnuts, pinenuts and peanuts. Apart from at the feeders, if you go around the garden quietly, taking your time you should see the squirrels foraging on the ground or scampering off up a tree.  

There are a couple of brown hares in the garden and many visitors are lucky enough to spot one. There are stoats around but they are more difficult to see. We are fortunate enough to have plenty of frogs and toads which help to keep damage from slugs and snails to a minimum.  

The birds are in full song especially early in the morning and early evening.  Song and mistle thrushes are especially vocal but there are also plenty of other woodland species present including treecreeper, great spotted woodpecker, long-tailed tits plus many siskins at the feeders along with goldfinches.