Enjoy this video of the iris parterre at Boddington Manor, kindly provided by Clive who designed and planted it in 2019.
It is lined with pondliner, a layer of fleece to protect the pondliner, a layer of rubble then some more fleece. There is an overflow pipe just above the rubble layer and a downpipe in one corner to water into the base. Plants can then suck up what they need.
1. The empty raised bed with overflow and downpipe in situ.
2. The pondliner in place.
3. Layer of fleece and a layer of rubble
4. A layer of fleece over the rubble and then the soil was added.
5 Planted up bed with mizuna, mibuna, mustard,carrot Beta, Sweet pea, beetroot Devoy, broad bean Glos bounty, calendula, cavolo de Nero, sorrel, chives and oca.
6. View down the garden with hazel arch to the raised bed
MONDAY 22ND – FRIDAY 26TH JUNE
We will be based at the Corn Mill Hotel about 2.5 miles from Leeds city centre for 5 days from Monday 22 June to Friday 26 June
Monday morning travel to Yorkshire
afternoon Harewood House.
Tuesday morning Studley Royal Water gardens and Fountains Abbey
afternoon Newby Hall
Wednesday morning Parcevall Hall
afternoon Constable Burton Hall
Thursday morning RHS garden at Harlow Carr.
Friday morning Nostell Priory (NT)
afternoon Wentworth Castle & homeward bound
For more detailed information see under EVENTS or
GOGG attended the Malvern Spring Show in May. Our theme was ‘BACK TO BASICS – GARDENING ORGANICALLY’. We had demos for comfrey liquid, composting(thanks to Gloucestershire CC for the composter and leaflets), worm composting as well as the soil model showing the wealth of micro-organisms that provide soil fertility from the inputs. We also had a table for children’s activities.
We received a lot of interest from the public particularly in composting and our method of making comfrey liquid (putting the leaves to break down without water, preventing the strong smell!)
We were very nicely surprised to receive an RHS BRONZE MEDAL for the display, so very well done to everyone who contributed.
Many apples were affected by the very late, very severe frost that we suffered in early May 2017. This resulted in some very poor crops and some trees have not had any fruit this year. Some apples show frost damage, appearing as russet patches, something many of us have not seen before. These are two Adam’s Pearmain apples and one Bramley apple, all showing signs of frost damage.
Ten members joined with members of Women’s Farm & Garden Association for an afternoon visit to Organic Blooms near Bristol. We had a guided tour around the gardens with Jo, who then fed us tea and cake and did a demonstration of a hand tied bouquet of flowers from the garden. Fantastic organisation, totally organic, Soil Association certified, very ethical and part of a social enterprise scheme with young people with difficulties working alongside them to propagate and grow the flowers for cutting.
Sue & Robin’s wonderfully colourful HOME GROWN salad (mixed salad leaves, tomato, cucumber, peas, purple basil, chives, nasturtium flowers, new potatoes) with pistachio nuts. Looks delicious!
At last a good day of rain to water the garden.
Birds are feeding young with lots of juicy caterpillars. Hedge sparrows and bluetits ready to fledge.
The group had a stand at the Malvern Spring Show showing different ways of managing slugs! Very windy spot!
Get ahead with some early veg!
Sow some carrots, beetroot, spring onions, mixed lettuce in cells in March for later transplanting into the garden; a pinch of seed into each cell. Ten cells will transplant into a 4ft row to provide the first tender veg.
Don’t forget to prune your top fruit trees by the end of March to provide a good crop of fruit later on.
Monarch, a lovely cooking apple with a good flavour and white flesh that falls when cooked almost as well as the Bramley.