Playing Away

When you are preparing to open your own garden it can be hard to find or make the time to visit any other gardens, especially as June is invariably the peak month for garden openings. However, we managed it last Sunday and hope to visit another this coming weekend. This one, on the edge of Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty made up of deciduous woodland and heathland, borrowed from this landscape and had a ‘woodland edge’ feel to it. The owners also incorporated a range of artefacts within the garden and overall there were a number of similarities with parts of our own.

We don’t, however, have any caves in our garden…

 

This entry was posted in Gardening, Gardens, open gardens, Visiting gardens & days out and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

21 Responses to Playing Away

  1. Heyjude says:

    How delightful, looks like an enchanted woodland. Love the bits and pieces around and those immaculate hostas! I am wondering if my hosta might do better in the ground where it could make stronger roots. Only problem is whether I can ever get it out of its pot!

    • Cathy says:

      When I have tried hostas in the borders they get shredded! It may be that the underlying sandstone that gives the caves is a deterrent to the slugs – my Mum’s garden, with very shallow slatey soil above slate beds gets no slugs and snails at all…

      • Heyjude says:

        I don’t recall S&S a problem in my Doncaster garden which had very poor, sandy soil. Here they are everywhere.

        • Cathy says:

          Perhaps they didn’t like the roughness of the sand. Here, damage has been miniaml this year, although I did belatedly use nematodes and also a garlic wash, which I must repeat soon – and then trim off damaged leaves before our open days!!

          • Heyjude says:

            I usually use nematodes, but haven’t this year. I think they do keep the slugs small, but obviously don’t affect snails. Garlic wash hasn’t worked.

          • Cathy says:

            I have realised this week that I haven’t really seen any slugs this year, other than the odd teeny one in the greenhouse, although I have seen snails. We do have hedgehogs around, but it’s hard to know which makes the difference

          • Heyjude says:

            I have seen larger slugs this year which indicates that the nematodes probably are worth it. I might get a dose for using in October and next year I’ll do it in April again.

          • Cathy says:

            Did I say I gave tried neem oil on them as well? I note Grazers sell some sort of repellant too and I would be interested to know what it is based on

          • Heyjude says:

            I have never hears of Neem oil! Does it work?

          • Cathy says:

            Don’t know yet, but I bought it to try to eradicate the sawfly on the raspberries last year, and so far there is no sign of them. It’s meant to stop pests being able to feed

  2. Good for you! I haven’t visited gardens in a while (even public ones), and I really miss it. I need to get my act together now that I, and a large portion of my community, are vaccinated. I like the little tucked away groupings of plants here.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it’s so easy just to keep focussing on our own garden and it was good to spread our wings. Most visitors, as we did, still wore masks

  3. Chloris says:

    Lovely, and now we all want a cave.

  4. Lol … I was just thinking that I bet you could make one (small cave) if you put your mind to it!

    • Cathy says:

      Haha, I had to laugh at this, Allison, because you are quite right in that if I had been remotely tempted with the idea of a cave of my own I would somehow be able to find space and create one…!

  5. Beautiful! I love a wild little garden. The cave is pretty cool.

  6. Anna says:

    Oh that looks like a most intriguing garden Cathy and glad to hear that youโ€™re fitting in some time to play in a busy month for you. I love the trio of the rusty chickens lurking in the undergrowth and the leaping pixie (if that it what he is) in among those fabulous hostas. A cave is another dimension all together ๐Ÿ˜‚ Weโ€™re off visiting a local NGS garden this weekend and are looking forward to it.

    • Cathy says:

      Hope you enjoyed your garden visit too, Anna – we visited another 2 on Saturday. The leaping pixie thing looks like one of those no doubt expensive ones you see lurking in adverts at the back of gardening magazines!

  7. croftgarden says:

    How I miss the NGS and the opportunity to visit a garden.
    My snail problem in the garden has been solved by a pair of Song Thrushes with a family to feed!

    • Cathy says:

      How lovely to have song thrushes in the garden – we rarely see them here. Perhaps you need to plan your visits south around some NGS gardens…? One year we had 2 gentlemen visitors from Sheffield who had a schedule of 12 NGS gardens to visit over the weekend…

Comments are closed.