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Summer Scything

Five years ago, the team here at Lismore set about turning the previously lawned orchard into a meadow. It was one of the first jobs that Darren Topps, our Head Gardener, implemented on his arrival and since then more areas have been turned over to 'wild' grassed areas. Darren brought with him a deep knowledge…
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Winter Work

"You must be looking forward to a bit of downtime for the Winter"   ...... sigh. How many gardeners hear this and how often.. every year! Most of the time we can all shrug it off and calmly explain to the unfortunate indoor cats the reality of the situation. Sometimes though, when we've been out in…
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Annual Handling

Peak annual has just passed. The month of July tends to be THE month for full scale annual assault, the aftermath of which then continues slowly and steadily right through to the first frosts. Annual plants, for those who are unfamiliar with gardening terms, are plants who undergo their entire life-cycle in one year, or…
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Let’s Get Digital(is)…

How many Digitalis varieties can be considered too many to grow? I like to think you can’t have too many of these beauties. This year we have outdone ourselves on the variety and quantity of plants we are propping from seed, among them we have ten various species of Digitalis. Although this plant is traditionally…
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