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Drought Tolerant Gardens.

With the heat wave currently restricting me to the shade of my office and cooling fan, I thought it provided an ideal opportunity to write about drought-tolerant gardens. We spent a week in…

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July in Our Garden@19

July can be an anticlimax in the garden following the excitement of June with its roses, peonies and Iris.These are some of the plants trying to fill the void here in our garden.…

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Bonsai in Worcester.

We recently visited a group of gardens in Worcester who were opening for the National Garden Scheme, I don’t think many of the visitors would have expected to find such a wonderful Bonsai…

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Roses.

A video tour of the roses in Our Garden@19. Please turn your sound on watch on YouTube and select full screen and enjoy.

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Thank you.

On June the 4th and 5th six gardens in the village of Hanley Swan opened in aid of the National Garden scheme. Thank you to all the supporters who baked cakes, helped with…

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Mind the Gap!

I have been thinking for some time that the wooden bridge crossing the dry river in the Japanese garden would soon need replacing. It had developed a certain amount of spring when crossing!…

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Japanese Gardens.

Following my post ‘Peace and Tranquility’ I thought it would be interesting to post some pictures, as slide shows, of Japanese gardens we have visited here in the UK. Tatton Park. From their…

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A Frosty Morning Workout.

Every January I wait for a frosty morning to pollard the Acer negundo Flamingo. Without the cold weather, even in January, the sap will pour from the cut wounds, which could over time…

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Christmas Tree Festival.

I have written about the village of Pirton in Worcestershire before, every two years they hold a Christmas Tree Festival to help raise money for the church maintenance. The village of Pirton was…

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Christmas Crackers.

In the greenhouse. In the garden by day, and by night. In the house. Thank you for reading brimfields.com during the year and leaving your comments. I enjoy reading your blogs they provide…

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St Wulstan’s Nature Reserve.

I have previously written about St Wulstan’s Nature Reserve being a favourite walk. These pictures are from our visit yesterday. Even a wet December day can provided some photo opportunities. Photographs taken with…

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Trees for the small garden.

With encouragement from the Government and countryside organisations such as the RHS and NT there is an increasing interest in planting trees and the benefits to the environment of doing so. While most…

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Autumn Up Close.

Trees and Leaves. Seed Heads. Flowers. Autumn pollen providers. We have had a colourful, mild autumn, the garden has been a delight. Photographs taken with the Canon close up lens 500D 72mm attached…

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Broughton Grange.

NGS Visit. Broughton Grange featured on the BBC Gardeners World this week, if you have not seen the programme I would recommend watching on catchup for an up to date view of this…

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Our Garden@19 in September.

September is one of my favourite months in the garden, it could be nostalgia because we always had a wonderful show of Michaelmas Daises (Asters/Symphyotrichum) in our cottage garden at home. Many other…

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Ravelin.

We visited Ravelin on Sunday, one of their National Garden Scheme open days. It is situated in the next village to us, Hanley castle. The description is from their NGS page. “A ½…

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Thank You.

Along with many garden owners, we originally decided not to open our garden this year due to the pandemic. However, with the improving situation, we have now held popup openings in June and…

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Exotics in September.

We have decided to hold another pop-up opening for the National Garden Scheme charity. The exotics are looking good, I am hoping the Michaelmas Daisies will soon start to join them. And in…

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Double value.

Three plants in the garden offering attractive foliage as well as flowers. Galtonia candicans has white bell flowers with lance like blue green striped leaves. The Pholx are just starting to flower here,…

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Spetchley Park Gardens in May.

With the tentative easing of lock down restrictions our first garden visits have been to Spetchley Park Gardens with 30 acres to roam there is space for everyone. Spetchley Park, Worcester has been…

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Tulips and Blossom.

I have begun an experiment with tulips this year, following an article I read by Fergus Garrett from Great Dixter regarding which tulips they found to be perennial. The most reliable ones being…

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Spring (ing) into action!

This winter in Our Garden@19 has been busy with ‘Estate Maintenance’. I previously posted about replacing the trellis and fence in the white and green garden, then as now my brother Derek has…

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Garden visiting…..remember that?

Aston Pottery Garden. Having read some impressive reviews about the garden at Aston Pottery, Aston, Oxfordshire, we visited in August 2016. On this occasion, they were open in aid of the National Gardens…

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A seasonal delight – in winter.

Guest Publisher Leonie Creighton. Leonie is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic gardener she is the minutes secretary to the Black Pear Gardening Club. I have invited her as guest publisher for this seasonally appropriate…

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Happy New Year.

Winter visited Our Garden@19 towards the end of 2020. Flowering in the house and keeping warm is the Christmas Cactus. From the bathroom window we can see the snow-capped Malvern Hills. A snowy…

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December 2020

This December has so far been very mild here in Our Garden@19 with only one frost. The cannas and dahlias are all lifted….. ….safely stored in the garden shed with fleece covering for…

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Ivy and the Bees.

Why you should allow some ivy to grow in your garden. I do grow some cultivated variegated forms, ivy does not produce any flowers until their adult growth stage when the leaf shape…

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August Video Garden Tour.

Historically August has been viewed as a low period for the garden, due in part, I think, to owners of large estates traditionally moving to Scotland for the grouse season, today it is…

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St Wulstan’s Nature Reserve.

A favourite walk of ours even before lockdown was St. Wulstan’s Nature Reserve. Before it became a nature reserve, it had a fascinating history as a US army hospital, a TB hospital and…

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The May Garden Video Tour.

“April Showers Bring May Flowers”. While we did not have many April showers the May flowers have, like us, enjoyed the sunshine. Please join me on a video tour of Our Garden@19 to…

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Tulip Video Tour.

Every year since 2011 our village church has held open gardens over this bank holiday weekend, we have taken part every year bar one. This year, along with all open gardens it has…

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Spring Video Tour.

With our gardening club’s meetings cancelled for at least the next three months and the majority of us self isolating for various health reasons, I decided to record a film, Spring Tour, ‘Our…

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March Tour.

Despite the awful weather this winter, it has been a busy one here in our garden@19, see: (A Winter Project and a Wildlife-Friendly Experiment.) following on from several autumn projects. With all the depressing…

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Some Colourful Relief.

With all the terrible weather, gales and floods that the UK has recently experienced,     I hope some spring colour will help to bring some relief. (Fortunately whilst we live close to Upton…

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Tulips, Pots and Saucers.

The beginning of November saw the planting of pots with, crocus, iris, narcissus and species rock tulips. Old hanging baskets used to keep the squirrels away. Two large pots either side of the…

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Autumn Project 4, Unexpected!

This year I noticed that the Parthenocissus Tri. Veitch, Boston Ivy, behind the banana bench, had been almost completely replaced with wild Ivy. Now while I like Ivy in the garden for its…

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Autumn Project 3 Completed.

I have long held the view that autumn is the beginning of the gardening year, preparing the garden and the plants for their winter rest before the explosion of spring and summer glory.…

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Plant of the month.

Asters, Michaelmas Daisies or Symphyotrichum, as some of them have now been renamed, are one of the autumn garden flowers I have always loved to see. This is probably because of the wonderful…

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Autumn Project 2 Completed.

I have to confess to watching many of the gardening programs on television along with reading gardening magazines, books and of course blogs, for inspiration in planting and design. One programme featured, what…

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Plant of the month.

Visiting RHS Chatsworth Show in June this year, one of the bulb stands had Zantedeschia Contor on display, and in flower. Talking to the owner he reassured me the tubers would flower this…

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Plant of the month.

Fig leaf Holly Hocks are my choice, in August, for plant of the month in our garden@19. I love the delicate colours of this one. The seed was sent to me probably two…

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Plant of the month.

Choosing a plant of the month at this time of year is a little like choosing your favourite child. Daucus carota, the wild annual carrot, flowering in the blue border mainly from self…

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May Joy.

Our garden@19, in May, was cloaked in the joy of May flowers, starting with the Wisteria floribunda ‘Alba’ … These pictures were taken just before our NGS May opening, when 77 visitors came…

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April Top Ten.

A quick tour around Our Garden@19 to capture my Top Ten, joining Chloris at The Blooming Garden. The Lego inspired Bug Hotel with Roof Garden. You can see more April Top Ten by…

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Vinca.

Vinca have a bad reputation with gardeners as being very invasive. This is more true of ‘major’, the smaller ‘minor’, known as the Lesser Periwinkle is, I think, an excellent plant for dry,…

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‘Brazen Hussy’.

The plant family, Ranunculus, includes buttercups and lesser celandine, plants that most gardeners would not welcome into their garden. However with these looks and the name of ‘Brazen Hussy’, I have made an…

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Bulbs, Sunshine, Tea and Cake.

The churchyard at Birlingham, Nr Pershore in Worcestershire has long been a pilgrimage for snowdrop lovers in the area. Bulb Teas are held each Saturday and Sunday in February until Sunday 24th February…

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Remembrance.

Christmas and New Year are often a time for remembering lost loved ones. Imagine my surprise at seeing the rosemary in flower in our garden@19 this morning following a night of -2* frost.…

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December Rain.

In the Garden, December 2018 T’is the season to be merry, of turkey, tinsel and snow with visits to Santa’s Grotto. I cannot promise you any of the above, we can though visit…

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November Sunshine.

Blogging has had to take a back seat recently with a wedding, holiday, a kitchen refit and decorating taking precedent.  I lifted all the Dahlias from the raised beds last week, replacing them…

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Autumn Colour in Our Garden@19

    The National Garden Scheme has posted this quote on their website. “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant (1794 – 1878) You can view their Autumn Smile here What is making…

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Cool.

Hot…Spicy…and now Cool in Our Garden@19.   I hope you are enjoying your summer, what ever the weather and where ever you are.

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Hot!

Now that its raining I thought I would post pictures of the ‘Hot’ plants in Our Garden@19. Which plants have been matching the summer weather in your garden?

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May Blooms.

The month of May has seen Our Garden@19 blessed with high temperatures by day, cool nights and thunderstorms. The surviving flowers have put on a wonderful show. Hopefully some of these will continue … Continue reading May Blooms.

Dahlias.

Growing  Dahlias has become popular again within the last 15 years or so, some credit the late Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter with their revival. I grew up next door to my maternal … Continue reading Dahlias.

Mugs.

In my previous post here I showed the mug tree our grandchildren helped create in the garden ready for our NGS open gardens. The mugs were a collection from them, their friends and some … Continue reading Mugs.

Holiday Time.

We have just returned from an enjoyable holiday in Cornwall. Staying at Tregrill Farm Cottages, owned by Peter and Diane Bellamy, who previously  lived near to us in Worcestershire. My holiday reading (along … Continue reading Holiday Time.

Spring in Close-up.

These pictures were taken with my Canon 18-200mm lens with the Canon close up lens 500D 72mm attached. What is providing you with a Close-up view of spring?

A Frosty Morn.

The 19th January 2016 saw the first real frost in Our garden@19.  

Italy.

Romeo Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? St Marks.

Feeding time.

Feeding and watching the birds that visit Our Garden@19 is one of the joys of owning a garden. Photographing them is more of a challenge! Gold Finch.  

Madeira

We visited Madeira in 2013 when they were ‘improving’ Funchal Harbour. I took these photos with Irene’s Kodak compact camera. The following pictures are of the flower festival which takes place every May. … Continue reading Madeira