Category: Gardening

Life here on the edge isn’t ideal for gardening, sand instead of soil, eternal winds, salt-laden air and mole invasions all try to thwart our gardening attempts, but we haven’t given up yet and actually have quite a nice garden despite the challenges.

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Getting Carried Away in the Garden

I got a little carried away in the garden on Saturday. I only popped out there to take look. Before I knew it I was deep into DIY which spiralled out of control. So, I spent pretty much all day out there! Electricity in the garden It all started because the electrical sockets that we...

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Recycling our Wood-Burning Stove

Now that we have a new wood-burning stove in out living room, it was time to do something with the old one. We did offer it give to Sion the Sweep to see if there was anything he could do with it. It was just too rusty for him to make use of any parts...

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Small Victories

Luscious Lawn It’s only a small victory, but the lawn was looking terrible after the winter (and probably a year or two of relative neglect). I decided to do something about it earlier in the year. Since then I’ve been raking, feeding and weeding it whenever I can. Now, even if I say so myself...

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Enjoying the Lockdown Sunshine

We’re still quite enjoying the lockdown. The weather has been lovely most of the time, the garden is looking good and we’re quite happy at Ynyslas. We haven’t been anywhere else for nearly two months now but we love it here so it’s no big deal. We’re still busy working of course but there has...

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Flowers Everywhere

There are quite a few flowers in the garden at the moment. The bees are loving the chives still and there’s even a surprise rose. I don’t know why it’s always a surprise as it flowers every year but I also do nothing to it and kind of forget that it is there until it...

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And so the Garden Grows

Just a quick update from the garden seeing as it is in fine form at the moment. It’s still dominated by the pinks and purples of Aliums, Irises, Aquilegias, Chives and Foxgloves, but the blues of the Forget-me-Knots and Bluebells are now fading. It won’t be long before yellows and oranges take over once again...

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A Purple Patch

Well, the last day or two of April saw some typical April showers – just what the garden needed. Things are coming on well out there now and it’s looking quite purple. Chives, Loads of Aquilegia’s in pinks and purples, purple geraniums, purple aliums and even deep purple leaves on a few shrubs. What’s more,...

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More Days in Lockdown

Self-Isolation The Coronavirus lockdown continues. Anna has now had a letter for the Welsh Health Authorities to say that she in in a higher risk category and should therefore be ‘properly’ self-isolating for 12 weeks. That means not leaving the house for anything and either making sure the others in her household are also isolating...

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A Weekend in the Garden

With the Coronavirus lockdown in full effect, time outside has been limited. Actually, that’s not entirely true as we are allowed out into our gardens. Time off the premises however is limited to once a day for exercise, or for trips to the shop for essentials. I’ve been getting out for my daily exercise of...

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Garden Retreat

At least we are still allowed out into our garden during the Coronavirus lockdown. The weather has been pretty good for it too. 9 days without rain and counting means that the floodwaters have receded and I’ve been able to do a bit of tidying up out there. Hedges and taller shrubs have been cut...