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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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...

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Self-Isolating in the Garden

You saw my attempts at social distancing yesterday with a nice surf-ski paddle on the sea miles from anyone. Luckily we can self-isolate in the garden too. It was feeling quite Spring-like out there over the weekend. The sun was shining, I mowed the lawn for the first time this year and there was quite...

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Springing through the Storms

Despite a certain amount of neglect and being constantly battered by storm after storm things still seem to be coming along in the garden. Narcissus, Daffodils, Primroses, Crocuses and snowdrops are all out and flowering. The Hellebores are still going strong and even the rhubarb is coming on well. The bottom of the garden is...

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Summer for a Day

The weather wasn’t great last week. There was quite a bit of rain most days as far as I remember and it was chilly too. The sun did come out now and then so I managed a windsurf in the sunshine on Saturday afternoon despite the fact that the morning was pretty wet. Riding in...