May a wonderful month..
May is a brilliant month at Cluny with everything growing at a terrific speed. Many large clumps of ..
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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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May a wonderful month..

May is a brilliant month at Cluny with everything growing at a terrific speed. Many large clumps of Trilliums (American wood lilies), plants with 3 sepals, petals and leaflets in red, crimson, pink or white are in flower. The candelabra primulas are beginning to flower and there will be many different colours by the end of the month.

Himalayan poppies or Meconopsis peak in May and are a great favourite with visitors. They enjoy the climate and the soil containing rich leaf mould. 

A number of rhododendrons are in flower and other trees and shrubs are bursting into leaf and flower. It is a fantastic time of year.




 


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. 

In the warm weather bee flies, comma, peacock and orange-tipped butterflies have all appeared.

There are many birds now in full song and busy choosing nest sites, or already with nests. Many woodland species are present including 3 types of tits, bullfinch, treecreeper, chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker, blackbirds and song and mistle thrushes. On colder days there are still lots of birds at the feeders.

Queen bumblebees are busy feeding particularly on hellebores, pieris and rhododendron flowers. Toads are frogs are around but unfortunately the frog spawn in our old pond appears to have disappeared.