Springtime and the garden is filling up with colour from all of the early flowering shrubs, bulbs and plants.
We have four chickens running around the croft who provide delicious eggs for our guests. They each have their own character and are very entertaining to watch.
You can watch the chickens scratching and digging as they search for worms on the croft.
The garden has been wonderful this Spring and Summer, with a long lasting display of flowers and shrubs.
The rhododendrons and azaleas were spectacular
Guests like to relax next to the pond, as the sun sets, while listening to the songbirds.
butternut squash, aubergine and lemon grass
There has been a fabulous display of flowers in the polytunnel this Spring and Summer
Cosmos, calandula yellow and orange
The weather is warming up and it is time to start planting seeds. The temperatures are still very cold at night, so we need to cover delicate seedlings with fleece.
We made a two tiered raised bed for planting flowers to act as a screen along the side of the polytunnel. This will provide some privacy and a bit of shade from the sun.
The vegetables are starting to sprout as the days pass.
Each deep bed took 16 wheelbarrows full of topsoil, which Warren dug from the croft. We top-dressed the beds with well-rotted horse manure and compost.
Then waited for the Spring to warm up.
We bought several fruit trees and shrubs for the polytunnel, which were in a dormant state. Patio plum tree, which has two varieties grafted onto the root base. Tzar (black plum) and Victoria. There are two blueberry shrubs and a kiwi vine.
We placed a table and chairs at the top of the polytunnel to enjoy a well-earned rest.
A perfect G&T spot too.
I hoped for a wonderful place full of flowers. I was delighted with the outcome at the end of the Spring.
More to follow
We had a covering of snow overnight. The temperature dropped to -8.8c, the coldest night of the Winter, so far.
The lane to the croft was covered in snow.
We have the tropical fruit vines and shrubs wrapped up in horticultural fleece to protect them from cold temperatures. Roll on the Spring!
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