April and its all happening..
This is a brilliant month at Cluny with everything growing at a terrific speed. Many spring bulbs an..
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Seed list and Organised tours

SEED LIST
The 2018 seed list is still available. Please email wmattingley@btinternet.com ..
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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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April and its all happening..

This is a brilliant month at Cluny with everything growing at a terrific speed. Many spring bulbs and tubers are in flower resulting in carpets of Erythroniums (Dog's tooth Violets) and large clumps of Trilliums (American wood lilies), plants with 3 sepals, petals and leaflets in red, crimson, pink or white.

Smelly "Skunk" Cabbages with huge yellow or white spathes grow close to the stream-side. Dotted throughout the garden are clumps of flowering Asiastic primulas which love the woodland atmosphere of Cluny and its humus rich soil.

Rhododendrons are in flower although frosts have done some damage to some of them.Trees and shrubs are bursting into leaf and flower. It is a fantastic time of year.




 


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. Please email if you would like to be put on our 2019 seed list.


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.