20 December 2013

14 November 2013

The Great Cover-up

With the weather becoming increasingly wintry, and cold north winds forecast to blow our way in the next few days, we spied our chance in the sun this afternoon.  And the Great Cover-up commenced.

We cut 86 huge leaves from the gunnera and used  them, as you will see, to protect the rather tender plant from frost.

Here's how its done ... and incidentally this is a couple of weeks later in the season than last year.

Keep watching!

10 November 2013

Sharp frost last night

Compared with last year the gunnera is doing very well.  But last night's sharp frost will take its toll. And look at the trees ... remarkable that some still have their leaves, some are still green and some are beginning to turn. Strange weather!

04 November 2013

First frost!

It was cold last night and our first frost under clear skies. Minus2. Ouch!  The gunnera will suffer now. Last year we covered it up about one week earlier ... CLICK HERE  to see

29 October 2013

We're back!

We're back after a wonderful trip to Boston and New York (lecturing at the annual TCC Conference - www.transcollectorsclub.org ) and to our surprise the gunnera is holding up remarkably well. OK its getting a little bit brown around the edges but no real signs of autumn decline have set in yet.

Perhaps the recent mild weather and torrential rain that the area experienced while we were away has helped keep the plant going so well.

17 September 2013

Holding Up!

Had some lousy wet and windy weather recently. Even the horses have put their thermals on! But the Gunnera soldiers on ...

07 September 2013

04 September 2013

A season of mists and mellow gunnera watch!

Apologies to the regular Gunnera Watchers - couldn't resist it!

01 September 2013

Cool | Cloudy | Dry | Perfect

... yes perfect weather for hard work in the garden at the official end of summer in the UK. Yes that went quick ...

So its been time for hedge trimming - 300 feet of 'short back and sides and a bit off the top.' Followed by a Radox.com bath, a snifter, and Bruckner 6!

Oh, incidentally, the Gunnera keeps growing!  Notice how the leaves are beginning to darken.

15 August 2013

Tourist attraction ...

Tourists from Australia, Wales and Trentham make a flying visit 
to see the reasonably-sized plant of Longsdon!

04 August 2013

03 August 2013

Pruning required!

The garden is becoming inaccessible!

01 August 2013

Wonderful evening

Lovely warm day today.


24 July 2013

Before the storm ...

.. and then the storm.

and The Gunnera likes wet!