Tag Archives: Cumbria

The doves from above

Yesterday our Collared Dove left her nest so Phil took a quick snap with his phone…

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Our first new babies! Here’s hoping the Jackdaws don’t spot them.

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Old red-eyes is back

ORG_DSC07085A Collared Dove has made her precarious nest of a few twigs, amongst the honeysuckle on top of our trellis archway. She is sitting on two eggs.

 

 

A trio of gardens in Armathwaite

We’re opening our garden at The Faulds in conjunction with Hazel Cottage and Coombe Eden on 2nd and 3rd June For the National Garden Scheme, which supports healthcare charities.

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Combined admission is £5 per adult and children free. Home made cakes and teas are available at Hazel cottage and we have plants for sale. Some of Phil’s fantastic art work will also be on display. We’d love to see you!

Befur ….. and after

Yesterday the dogs got their coats stripped. Poor Rigsby was struggling to see through his eyebrows and hasn’t been able to negotiate the stairs, which is tricky when we live in an upside down house, so for the last fortnight we’ve been carrying him up. Shackleton has also taken full advantage of Rigsby’s visual impairment, to sneak in and grab his carrots from under his nose.

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Today he’s like a different dog and was first up the stairs to get his carrot!

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Mite or might not be…

I spotted this little critter while pulling weeds from between the slabs outside our front door in early spring. It’s a Clover mite: Bryobia Praetiosa

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Clover mites are 0.75–0.85 mm (0.030–0.033 in) long, oval shaped arachnids with a pair of long legs pointing forward often mistaken for antennae. Apparently they can be pests and can infiltrate houses in large numbers, however this one was alone and happily munching on the weeds. Keep up the good work!

 

Stars of last week’s show

Only one week until our next NGS open garden event.

Our visitors last week were particularly interested in two of our unusual specimens;

Sinocalycalycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’

Dwarf Horse Chestnut, Aesculus Pavia ‘Koehnei’

And not forgetting Shackleton.

Here’s hoping for better weather!

Rain didn’t stop play

Saturday we opened the garden in support of the National Gardens Scheme.

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The day had a promising start with bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky but the humidity heralded the torrential rain and thunder storm that was to hit mid-afternoon.

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5070d7f8-de42-48de-8e08-f0e1fafb81e5Some came armed with umbrellas and rain coats and some with nothing but a positive attitude and much laughter as they resigned themselves to getting absolutely soaked through!


Huge thanks to The Pot Place for loaning five ’emergency’ hanging baskets. We had ordered some self watering ‘cup and saucer’ ones which have an inbuilt reservoir and only require watering twice a week,  but they didn’t arrive and the courtyard wouldn’t have looked as good without the lovely flowers.

Thanks go to Phil’s Mum  who helped with last minute weeding, tidying and ticket sales and his Dad who counted legs, divided by two and kept the visitors entertained in the garden.

cd2f57da-8d0f-4451-88cb-76ce86d20bbcThanks also to our lovely friends who paid to come in although they have seen the garden many times before.

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We turned the summerhouse into a pop-up gallery to display some of Phil’s work.

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And we get to do it all again for NGS on Sunday 11th June 12-5pm … hope to see you then!