<![CDATA[friendsofhoneywood.co.uk - Garden Blog]]>Wed, 27 Oct 2021 21:17:47 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[The start of planting]]>Wed, 27 Oct 2021 19:56:09 GMThttp://friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/garden-blog/the-start-of-planting
A bit of a red-letter day – after months of clearing and weeding we have finally started planting.

​A selection of bulbs was put in the western end of the raised bed against the Pound Street wall and also in an area of soil on the site of the former greenhouse. Hopefully these will escape the attention of the squirrels and make a nice display in the spring.

We also took down four of the summer hanging baskets on the front of the house. They have done very well but were past their best. Two new baskets have been put up for the winter.

​The pots by the door in the back garden have also been replanted.
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Mike planting bulbs
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It doesn’t look much different but there are bulbs underneath
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One of the new winter baskets
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One of the newly planted pots
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<![CDATA[Muck]]>Thu, 14 Oct 2021 14:22:58 GMThttp://friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/garden-blog/muckThe big event this week was the arrival of two tons of well-rotted stable manure which was delivered by truck to the end of Honeywood Walk. The red route rules prevented it being off-loaded on the corner by The Greyhound. It had to be barrowed across the front of Honeywood, through the garden door and then across the lawn to the north bed. I thought it was going to be the job from hell, but it turned out to be much easier. It was done in an hour and dug in the following day. The bed should be ready for planting in the spring.

We also continued work on the clearance of the big raised bed at the back of the garden. We cut down a lot of snowberry and spent several hours chopping it up to take it off site. The end result doesn’t look that much but it is a bit misleading as a lot of the stuff was cut out from behind other plants. This is a job that will continue for some time.
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Loading the manure into barrows
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The manure dumped on the bed on the Festival Walk side of the garden …
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… and dug in
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The big raised bed at the back of the garden. Clearance is progressing slowly
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<![CDATA[Work resumes]]>Thu, 30 Sep 2021 17:19:52 GMThttp://friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/garden-blog/work-resumes
Work has resumed after a gap of several weeks.

​The north bed next to Festival Walk was given a further thorough weed in preparation for composting with a view to planting it in the spring.
The birds will have long ceased nesting, so we started pruning the shrubs and ivy along the Pound Street wall.

Good progress was made but more remains to be done in our next session.
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Pruning the shrubs along the Pound Street wall.
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<![CDATA[Weeds, box and the grotto]]>Sat, 28 Aug 2021 09:48:00 GMThttp://friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/garden-blog/weeds-box-and-the-grotto
We had another work session this week and continued the endless battle against the weeds. The bed on the north side of the garden was cleared again. I can’t remember how many times it has been done this summer – the weeds seem to flourish there – especially this year.
The ivy was cleared off the little grotto in the rectangular pond which can now be seen for the first time for several years.
I noticed that signs of box-blight in the two hedges in the garden area between the house and Pound Street. Neither of these are historic – they were put there about 20 years ago. We were thinking of removing one and replacing it with a plant bed. The future of the other was the subject of some debate but it seems that nature is going to take the decision for us.
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The pots on the wall outside the drawing room are still flourishing
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The newly cleared grotto in the rectangular pond
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<![CDATA[Starting work on the ponds]]>Sat, 14 Aug 2021 19:44:13 GMThttp://friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/garden-blog/starting-work-on-the-pondsThe garden has two ponds in it one small and oval, the other rectangular and large. They were heavily overgrown with ivy and brambles. We have been waiting for the springs to dry up. This usually happens in early summer but the wet weather this year has kept the flow going and it doesn’t look like it will stop. So work has started. The mud in the bottom of the oval pond was damp and sticky and not too bad: the floor of the rectangular pond was a swamp. However, a large part of the overgrowth has been cleared so the ponds are visible again. The oval pond is shown on the 1868 Ordnance Survey map and is probably Victorian in origin. The rectangular pond is older and has a much more complicated, and not very well understood, history, dating back to the 18th or perhaps even the late 17th century.
 
Work also resumed on the clearance of the raised beds along the back of the garden. These have got a lot snowberry and elm suckers. Clearance is going to be a slow job.
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The oval pond before work started.....
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..... and after
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The rectangular pond before work started
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The muddy bottom of the rectangular pond after clearance
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