18 June 2023

Christmas Tomato Update.

 Hello everyone, I hope you're all keeping well.

I was thinking the other day that it is about time I did a Christmas tomato update. For those that don't know what I'm talking about [Click Here]. So below is a picture of my main crop Tomato plants, the one on the left being from the batch of seeds that I sowed at Christmas. The other two plants are a couple of different varieties sown around ten weeks later. As you can see, there is still a bit of a difference although it's fair to say that the ones sown at a later time are not too far behind but even if I end up getting a fresh Tomato even just a couple of weeks sooner I'm sure to appreciate it.

11 June 2023

Rose And Clematis.

 Rose and Clematis, it sounds like a tv detective series, in fact it's just a couple of plants growing by our front door. The rose we had at our old house and brought with us, which just goes to show that you shouldn't be put off from moving such things to a different location if you feel the need. This was an established plant of many years at that location and has moved just fine. The most important thing when planting anything is to never let it dry out, especially if it's an older plant where because of its size you've had to hack the roots around a little.

The Clematis was something that we inherited with the property. It's easy to be tempted when moving somewhere new to have a clear out so you can put your own mark on the place. But if it's the winter months it's not always possible to tell the worth of what you plan to chuck out. I'm glad we kept the Clematis as I think it goes well with the Rose. I think they have become good friends.

9 June 2023

A Shady Corner.

This little corner receives some shade through out the day from a pollarded Ash tree. I don't know if it can be seen in the picture but they are set out around a bench where one can rest awhile. There is also a Hosta and Heuchra included - keen to take part they were!

23 March 2023

Barge on the River Aire

Usually we don't get many boats on the River but recently this one has been going back and forth. Someone told me they are ferrying stone for river bank repairs at Airmyn which is about a mile downstream of us, but on the opposite side of the river. 

18 February 2023

Second Year Geraniums

Today I potted up the second year bedding Geraniums. After lifting them in the Autumn I just trimmed them back and put them in to a seed tray with a bit of compost around the roots. I didn't go to a lot of trouble with them as i look on them more of a bonus than a necessity as i have quite a few rooted cuttings from them already. So today I took them out of the trays and threw away any that were no good then tidied up what was left before potting them up to hopefully grow on to make useful plants for this summers bedding. 

Below is a picture of one of the trays of over wintered bedding Geraniums.
They don't look very appealing in this state but we will see what can be done with them.

Below is after they have been cleaned up and potted on.
There's still not a lot to shout about but we will see how they progress.

14 February 2023

Some Pruning Work.

 Today I have been doing some pruning work at the hall. 

The first job was to give the Pyracantha a bit of a trim. I removed all the long growth and then tidied up the arms. There was nothing to be tied in so I was spared that job.

Whilst I was there I gave the Euonymus to the left a trim up. I try to keep it flat against the wall as much as possible so as no to encroach on anything growing around it.

Next I moved on to the Ivy growing on the steps to the right of the Pyracantha. I just cut this back into the allotted space and the clipped up the face of the Ivy.

I like to try and keep this looking a bit tidy as I think they take wedding photo's on steps.

25 January 2023

Christmas Tomatoes. (Month One).

 If you remember, just before Christmas I did a sowing of Tomato seeds, well as promised here is a monthly follow up picture so you can track their progress. I got quite a lot of the seeds to germinate but just chose to bring on six, one of which has since died. But thats okay as I only really need a couple of plants.

15 January 2023

DIY Paneling Job

Today Fallon and I made a start on some wall paneling on the back wall of the conservatory. Neither of us are DIY experts or even close to one but we decided to have a go, also the weather was a bit rubbish outside so at least it was something constructive to do indoors.

10 January 2023

Back to work.

Today is my first day back at work after the Christmas break. It felt strange going back after three weeks away but I guess I will soon get back in to things.

The most important job of the new year is going to be finding a new head gardener and getting them settled in to the job which all takes time and Spring is on its way, things need to be sorted before then.

On entering the greenhouse I could see that a rat has been making itself at home there as a lot of the small pots were knocked over. Unfortunately this situation had been noted and reported some weeks before Christmas but clearly nothing has been done about it. I say that this is unfortunate because it seems that losing two head gardeners in six months has taught them nothing. It becomes frustrating and a little pointless when you are trying to achieve something and the people you are doing it for show little interest.

Rats at work in the greenhouse.

7 January 2023

Timothy - Michael's Shoe Tree.

 A couple of entries past I showed a picture of the discarded christmas trees, in fact the picture below. Welllll! The head gardener went and had one of his brainwaves, take a look at the second picture to reveal all.

Timothy - Michael showing off his brill idea. Apparently he got fed up of tripping over badly parked shoes and boots when herding his toys so he went and invented a shoe tree. I have it in the garage and it is proving to be very useful. There is even a place on the top to hang my hat.