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Busy weekend

Sunday 5 December, 2004

by Rosemary at 6:01pm in Gardening 1 comment Add your own

The weather has been quite kind this weekend, so we've ben able to get some jobs done outside.

We (actually Dan) planted some daffodil and narcissus bulbs in the lawn, which should naturalise over the years. B&Q had bags of bulbs on special one day when I was in, so I bought a number of bags! Actually, they didn't go as far as I expected.

Dan also started to take down the fence between the vegetable garden and the original pig pen. All the spars and the wire have been removed, with the posts remaining. Given the approaching festive season, they aren't likely to be taken out until January. It won't be that easy as they are WELL concreted in. This will clear the way for the extended raised vegetable beds. Four of the existing beds will be extended and a new strawberry bed established.

Garden competition

Monday 16 August, 2004

by Rosemary at 9:36pm in Gardening 0 comments Add your own

We were third in the biodiversity class and have won £10, which we will spend on bird seed.

I think I'll ask for feedback, so we can do better next year. Not that I'm competitive or anything.

New photos

Sunday 30 May, 2004

by Dan at 2:13pm in Gardening 1 comment Add your own

The garden is starting to come into its fullest bloom and is becoming more photogenic, so I've taken a few pictures and added them to the gallery.

Progress report

Tuesday 18 May, 2004

by Rosemary at 9:25pm in Gardening 0 comments Add your own

Well, the pond has been cleared out, filled with soil and now awaits planting as a bog garden. We bought four plants at a plant sale on Saturday - they look a bit lost so we'll get more tomorrow. I'm going for Astilbe, Hosta, Iris and Primula, with a small acer to add dappled shade. Not sure how the acer will do, but I'll move it if it isn't happy. Actually, it was abit of an impulse buy and the more I think about it, the more I regret it.

The trellis for the courtyard garden is purchased, as are the fence posts. There's no further progress there, but the holidays are yet young!

Sunrise on the Forth

Saturday 7 February, 2004

by Dan at 9:39am in Gardening 2 comments Add your own

We are blessed with a wonderful location here at TAS, on the northern bank of the River Forth just west of Alloa. To the west we can see the Campsie hills, Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Ben Ledi (this view features on the Archives banner). To the north the Ochil Hills, to the south Alloa Inch and across to South Alloa, and to the east the sometimes uninspiring view of Kincardine and beyond to Grangemouth. When the sun comes up this view can be anything but uninspiring though, and this morning was a case in point.

Snowdrops

Sunday 1 February, 2004

by Dan at 8:55pm in Gardening 0 comments Add your own

SnowdropsI've no idea if they're early or not, but today I noticed the first snowdrops starting to emerge in one of the small corner beds in the garden. At the very least it's a sure sign that despite the recent cold spell here, the dark mornings and nights are starting to fade and the amazing (to me) cycle of growth and decay is about to start all over again.

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