Figs ripening

Figs ripening

The figs are ripening on the Aisle Barn terrace, just in time for the family coming to stay with us on August 8 (and the pears in the orchard). Rather than tying the branch back on to the wall (which I will come Autumn) I have left it hanging so that the fruit can be...

Wild gardening

The garden is gently going wild, and I quite like it. There is a certain degree of bitterness involved, asparagus has been off the menu this season. I simply cannot bring myself to buy it when, after 3 years of hard planting and care, the pressures of working and...

Wind and wood power at Chipley

Thinking about trees The end of 2014 has seen us take a massive technology leap forwards, and backwards, at Chipley. We have installed a large boiler that is fuelled by logs. We will be supplying our house and a cottage with wood-fired central heating. If it performs...

Alliums, tulips and pot planting plans

This month has been all about bulbs (and updating my rusty web-editing skills). the allure of alliums has always eluded me. I think because they look too much like agapanthus, a plant that I have never liked. It thrives on small islands, I don’t. Piet Oudolf, on...

Beyond the garden hedge

The spindle tree (Euonymus europeaus) has always made me smile. It is a common British hedgerow plant, and yet in late autumn, it transforms into an exotic beauty, festooned with vibrant neon orange and fuchsia pink fruits. That was the case until I spent a day...

The meaning and purpose of the English Park

Looking up the lime avenue Thanks to Professor Tom Williamson, of the University of East Anglia, I have recently  improved my understanding of the layout and purpose of Chipley’s gardens. It could easily be argued that I should have found the time to properly...
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