Chilean Flame Flower and changes in colour
The scarlet creeper, Chilean Flame Flower, is still flowering well in August and its scarlet berries..
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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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Chilean Flame Flower and changes in colour

The scarlet creeper, Chilean Flame Flower, is still flowering well in August and its scarlet berries also begin to appear. It can be a difficult plant to grow unless the conditions are just right and then it can take off!

Red berries of herbaceous Actea rubra and of its white form are at their best in early August. Usually they are eaten very quickly by birds especially bullfinches. The numerous red cherries of the Tibetan cherry trees are being eaten by birds, mainly blackbirds and wood pigeons as well as mice!

Later flowering plants include cyclamen, colchicums, willow gentians and hydrangeas.



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 or IN THE LATE AFTERNOON. 

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

Many woodland bird species are present including 3 types of tits, bullfinch, treecreeper, chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, blackbirds and song and mistle thrushes. A jay family has been feeding on peanuts for a number of weeks now.

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.