Do you have a friend with a stunning rose garden? Would you love to have your own but don’t know where to begin? Roses are pruned regularly to encourage healthy growth, and this is the ideal time to ask your friend to save you some cuttings. Cuttings should be green, as thick as a pencil, with at least three to four stem buds, or growth points. Ask them to trim the bottom below a growth bud at an angle and the top above a growth bud straight off, so you don’t accidentally plant your cuttings upside down. Label each...Read More
Since my move to York I never wasted any time seeking out some great local walks. It never has to be mountains and valleys to satisfy. Walks that enable you to get some wonderful fresh air and scenery, on a whim, you know the kind I mean. Not only is it the locality that drives me back time and time again to these walks but the variety en route around. One minute you are strolling by the River Ouse, then the next you are passing by beautiful meadows. Hidden pondscapes, panoramic views of the hall itself and gorgeous woodland...Read More
A day at Shugborough Hall, near Stafford, I can highly recommend for a family or learning day out. Make sure it is a full day mind as I was wandering so long I am having to split these articles into 2! First though let’s start with the gardens, monuments, nature and views outside the hall itself, there is a lot of it, and interesting it definitely is. Even before I stepped inside the grounds I was greeted by some nosy muddy little fellows I will go more into the history in my post soon about Shugborough Hall building itself,...Read More
It was my final Summer living in Cumbria, but still plenty of time to keep the gardencam rolling. And yet again there was no end of surprises and variety of bird feeder visitors to light up the days. You may recall the Spring highlights from earlier this year… snow still on the ground at times and young birds tentatively.. or bravely flying in for the nuts and seed. Well Summer here brought colours upon colours, of both birds and scenery. When I post these pictures as I get them, on social media, I am often asked again how it...Read More
I have shown you some of the things I got up to on a recent visit to the beautiful Le Marche area of central Italy, an area amongst the foothills of the Sibillini Mountains. In fact I have more to show as well! But I couldn’t pass by without showing the wonderful place I stayed at during my travels there. Il Veccio Tasso. Il Vecchio Tasso is an idyllic stone old country house that sits near the hilltop town of Smerillo. In fact it sits not far from many of the gorgeous old hilltop town and villages that are...Read More
It has been very much an experiment that seems to be improving as I go along. Moving home has been an interruption of course but every now and then I give it a try. Set the GoPro up in various spots around the garden and see what happens. The great thing about using a GoPro in this way, rather than going for the exquisite photos with a long zoom lens, is that you get a close up with a wide angle, not just a zoom in on a bird. It gives a whole different dimension to the photos and...Read More
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