Lilies and Chilean Flame Flower
July is a great lily time at Cluny. Early in the month many European Turkcaps are in flower and the ..
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Seed list and Organised tours

SEED LIST
The 2019 seed list will be available in late November. Please email wmattingley@bti..
more
Red squirrels and other wildlife in the garden
The good population of red squirrels at Cluny are very active throughout much of the day. They are f..
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Lilies and Chilean Flame Flower

July is a great lily time at Cluny. Early in the month many European Turkcaps are in flower and the huge Giant Himalayan Lilies look very spectacular with their creamy trumpets and magenta centre. They can reach 3+ metres in height with their seed heads providing interest all year. For many months they are green and look like figs then they dry out and look like Venus fly-traps. Later lilies include Tiger Lilies and the Nepalese lily.

The Chilean Flame Flower begins to flower in early July and sprawls spectacularly over a number of shrubs and conifers. It can be a difficult plant to grow unless the conditions are just right and then it can take off!

July is when the gravel garden in front of the house is at its peak with many yellow fox-gloves, scabious and orchids, some of these loved by bumblebees. 





 


Seed list and Organised tours


SEED LIST


The 2019 seed list will be available in late November. Please email wmattingley@btinternet.com  to order a copy. To see the range of seeds we sell please go to the "Find Out More Pages". 2018 seed is still for sale at the garden.


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 2019 & beyond.

 


 
 




Red squirrels and other wildlife in the garden

The good population of red squirrels at Cluny are very active throughout much of the day. They are fed around 0900 with hazelnuts, pine nuts 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. PLEASE BE SURE TO VISIT IN THE FIRST PART OF THE MORNING (10 TO 1130) IF THE WEATHER IS VERY WARM. 

There are stoats present especially in the area around No 5 although they are very quick and can be difficult to spot. 

Due to the wetter and cooler weather, there are very few butterflies around but thankfully bumblebees still brave the conditions and are vital in pollination of many of the plants at Cluny.

Many woodland bird species are present including 3 types of tits, bullfinch, treecreeper, chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker, blackbirds and song and mistle thrushes. Sadly the bird song will quieten down towards the end of the month.

Toads are frogs of various sizes from froglets and toadlets to full adults are found throughout and even the occasional newt is uncovered when weeding.