Handkerchief tree now in full glory!
If you would like to see our wonderful Handkerchief Tree with its floaty white bracts, please visit ..
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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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Handkerchief tree now in full glory!

If you would like to see our wonderful Handkerchief Tree with its floaty white bracts, please visit over the next couple of weeks.

June is another lovely month at Cluny with everything continuing to grow at a terrific speed especially after the significant rainfall we had at the end of May. The candelabra primulas are now coming into their own along with other bog primulas. 

There are still nice examples of the later Himalayan poppies or Meconopsis. They enjoy the climate and the soil containing rich leaf mould. 

Towards the middle to end of the month, Cluny becomes a lily garden with many European Turkcaps in flower and the Giant Himalayan Lilies looking very spectacular with their creamy trumpets and magenta centre. They can reach 3 to 4 metres in height with their seed heads providing interest all 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. 

Due to the wetter and cooler weather, there are very few butterflies around but thankfully bumblebees still brave the conditions and are vital in pollination of many of the plants at Cluny.

Many woodland bird species are present including 3 types of tits, bullfinch, treecreeper, chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker, blackbirds and song and mistle thrushes. Sadly the bird song will quieten down towards the end of the month.

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.