Snowdrop Festival 2019
Across Scotland the Snowdrop Festival is now in full swing. Please visit the link below to see all t..
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Seed list and Organised tours

SEED LIST
The 2018 seed list is still available. Please email wmattingley@btinternet.com ..
more
Red squirrels and other wildlife in the garden
The red squirrels are very active throughout much of the day. They are fed around 0900 with hazelnut..
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Snowdrop Festival 2019

Across Scotland the Snowdrop Festival is now in full swing. Please visit the link below to see all the sites involved. The Festival began on the 25th January and ends on the 11th March.

https://www.visitscotland.com/blog/scotland/snowdrop-festival/

As Cluny lies at 180 metres our snowdrops and snowflakes are generally later than in other parts of the country so we would suggest not visiting for snowdrops until the third week of February. Our snowdrop season also lasts well into March. Other spring bulbs are early and in flower or about to come out.

At this time of year Cluny's trees stand out especially the conifers including the 2 Giant Redwoods. Several rhododendrons are already in flower, hopefully we don't have severe frosts this months to destroy the flowers.

There are many red squirrels present, usually seen around the feeders but also throughout the garden. Some have very long ear tufts and beautiful coats. There are plenty of woodland birds present feeding at the feeders The sparrowhawk visits the feeders several times a day but most times misses its prey!

It is not advisable to visit the garden in severe weather conditions. 







 


Seed list and Organised tours


SEED LIST


The 2018 seed list is still available. 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". Seed for sale will be available at the garden from March onwards.


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 red squirrels 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. As winter progresses, 2 or 3 squirrels can be seen chasing each other up and down trees and taking enormous leaps. 

There are stoats present especially in the area around No 5 although they are very quick and can be difficult to spot. One was seen in mid January in its pure ermine coat.

There are many birds feeding either on the feeders or on the more natural food in the garden. Many woodland species are present including 3 types of tits, bullfinch, treecreeper, chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker, blackbirds and song thrushes. In the latter part of January one or two bramblings have been at the feeders as well as a regular party of long tailed tits.