June - the Handkerchief Tree & Squirrels in the heat
This is the month when the Handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata) is in bloom with its lovely shimm..
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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
On warmer days one or two bee flies have been seen however very few butterflies have appeared. The f..
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June - the Handkerchief Tree & Squirrels in the heat

This is the month when the Handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata) is in bloom with its lovely shimmering white bracts. The tree did suffer some damage last winter but it is still looking impressive.

After an extremely dry spring the garden has been needing rain desperately. Fortunately there is a little over the first weekend of June but not nearly as much as the garden requires.

However in the wetter areas of the garden the bog primulas are doing well and June is a great time to see them. The blue Himalayan poppies are also at their best. Many lilies are nearly in bloom and should peak around mid June.

Please be aware that the best time to see the squirrels on hot and long days is when the garden opens at around 10.00. Please avoid the middle of the day if you really want to see them along with the garden.



 


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

On warmer days one or two bee flies have been seen however very few butterflies have appeared. The first wasp was on the 29th April and there are fantastic numbers on many of the tree and shrub blossom aas well as many flowers.

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, blackcap, great spotted woodpecker, long-tailed tits plus many siskins at the feeders along with goldfinches.