March 2024
Very Early Spring at ClunyThe garden is coming to life again after a so far wet winter with some rat..
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2024 Seed list and Organised tours 2024

2024 SEED LIST
To see the range of seeds we sell please go to the "Find Out More Pages" and c..
more
Red squirrels and other wildlife in the garden
The numerous red squirrels at Cluny are very active throughout most of the day but especially when t..
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March 2024

Very Early Spring at Cluny

The garden is coming to life again after a so far wet winter with some rather gusty winds mainly from the west. Temperatures have dropped on a couple of occasions to -6C, nothing like the coldest temperatures which have been recorded here in the past. Snow cover has been minimal and it has disappeared quickly. Many of the plants at Cluny do require snow to protect them from frost.

At present there are drifts of snowdrops, Leucojums (snowflakes) and aconites throughout giving a very spring-like feel to the garden. Hellebores orientalis (Lenten rose) are in flower although some have been eaten by hungry voles while Helleborous foetidus (Stinking hellebore) has been in flower for many weeks. Cardamine species are forming large flowering clumps in purple and cream throughout while dotted around are tiny clumps of delicate white and blue flowered Hepatica.

Along with bird song just beginning and a sunny day, it is a joy to be in the garden!

 




2024 Seed list and Organised tours 2024


2024 SEED LIST


To see the range of seeds we sell please go to the "Find Out More Pages" and check out a copy of the 2023 seed list. If you would like to order seed from our 2024 list please send your email address to wmattingley@btinternet.com  We sell seed packets at Cluny throughout much of the season. We will stop posting seeds out in late March.


ORGANISED TOURS 2024

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. We have limitations on the size of bus which can access the garden. 

 


 
 




Red squirrels and other wildlife in the garden

The numerous red squirrels at Cluny are very active throughout most of the day but especially when they are fed around 0900-0930 with hazelnuts, sunflower seed, fruit 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. No 5, at the Big Tree is a good spot to sit and watch them for as long as you want.

Pine martens do visit the garden probably mainly at night although they have been seen during the day as well. Wandering badgers also visit. An ermine stoat has been seen on occasions and by tracks in the snow we know a hare has been around. He/she has also polished off some of our kalettes!

Many woodland bird species are present including 3 types of tits, bullfinch, treecreeper, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldcrest, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, blackbird, long-tailed tit, jackdaw, song and mistle thrushes and now much better numbers of house sparrow. Jays frequent the bird feeders and buzzards and ravens are regular overhead most days. Red kites are also now being seen more frequently. Always a good idea to keep a look out above!