Haven’t the bluebells been amazing this spring?
Come on spring!
Gosh, the spring solstice is right around the corner.
Winter or Spring?
With record-breaking winter temperatures of 20.6 degrees in Wales today …
A New Year brings new life to Yewfield
As we welcome in 2019 what better way to bring in the New Year than by planting trees.
There has been a lot of coverage about forests on radio programs recently.
The rain has cleared and sunlight brings colour to the hillside across the valley.
Season of mists and autumn fruitfulness
The harvest moon rises over Claife Heights.
What a summer!
As I look across my writing table at a fresh bouquet of sweet peas…
What a spring we are having
What a spring we are having! The dry and continental weather goes on and on….
Timing is critical in spring not only for a gardener but also in nature.
On the Cusp
This time last week I was spreading salted grit …
For the love of trees
After watching Judi Dench’s delightful portrait of trees at her home in Surrey on the telly…
The gardening year begins
As we near the end of the B and B season here at Yewfield we enter the beginning of the gardening year.
As October roared in on the back of the first autumnal gales …
Order returns to the garden
August has turned out to be the coolest and wettest in 25 years up here in the Lake District.
We are in the middle of a rather typical Lake District summer…
A pollinators paradise
As I step out of the house in a summer’s evening…
An Ecologist visits Yewfield
Last week we walked through the land with the ecologist Mike Douglas from South Lakes Ecology.
Clever bits of kit
We have acquired a portable chainsaw mill. The advantage of this clever bit of kit is …
A case for Sycamore
Over the past couple of weeks we have been planting a variety of trees to diversify…
Apologies for the gap in the blog entries as I have been in Canada celebrating my mom’s 90th birthday.
Red squirrels at Yewfield
2016 ended on a positive note in terms of wildlife at Yewfield…
Yews at Yewfield
As the leaves continue to fall…
Autumn has quickly turned to winter this week.
Time for the chores
A dictionary definition of ‘chore’ is …
The season is changing
Autumn is peeking at us around the corner.
A day out
It’s not often that gardeners get a chance for an overnight outing …
Natures colour fest
As the season’s change so do the predominant colours that go with them.
Good news for Yewfield’s forest
As mentioned in the last blog we entered a competition …
Visits to Yewfield
It has been a week of visits to the gardens and woodlands of Yewfield …
Ponies, chickens and slugs
Apologies for missing a post. April was a busy month. For gardeners it has to be the busiest. On the 1st of May we took our ponies away to summer pasture.
It has been an educational weekend
It has been an educational weekend especially for thinking outside the box…
Planting tomorrow’s forests
We have been planting trees up in the larch plantation just off to the left of the footpath up to Tarn Hows…
We all know about autumn colour and the explosion of multiple greens in spring but …
This wet winter
If you live in the UK you can scarcely have failed to notice that last weekend many of us were counting birds in our gardens
From the ridiculous to the sublime
From the ridiculous to the sublime. Over the past few days sun and snow and sub zero temperatures…
Hope springs eternal
Writing this at the end of December, Storm Frank, the third major storm here in Cumbria this month, is lashing the windows…
Floods in Cumbria
In spite of experiencing yet another ‘one in a hundred year flood event’ here in Cumbria (the last one was 6 yrs ago)…
Up here in the Lake District…
Up here in the Lake District we have been experiencing one Atlantic front after another…
Don’t you love November…
Don’t you love November…
No really. Leaves to rake and stack, garlic and tulips to plant and hay rattle seed to sow. Hay or yellow rattle Rhinanthes minor has to be sown with this year’s seed…
A lingering autumn has almost made up for the miserably damp summer we had.
Ever since we arrived at Yewfield 22 years ago we have been asking what grows here and who shares this land with us.
Pests and predators at Yewfield
How to deal with pests and predators at a vegetarian guest house and County Wildlife Site is an ongoing dilemma…
Managing land in the Lake District with a vegetarian ethos
That phrase sounds like a contradiction in terms. The Lake District’s landscape has been shaped by centuries of sheep and cattle farming. It is still the dominant form of land management here. Grass is what we grow best or so we are told. So is it possible to look after the land and contribute positively to it’s landscape without having to raise sheep and cattle for meat?
WWOOFING at Yewfield
From April to November we are a host farm for volunteers from an organization called WWOOF…
Making hay when the sun doesn’t shine
So far the summer of 2015 has been abysmal for making hay up here in the Lake District. We need a good 4 to 5 days of reasonably sunny weather to dry the cut grass before baling and storing it in the barn for winter. One could, of course, buy in hay which would save a lot of work and angst but our species rich meadow hay, I believe, keep our ponies healthier than they would be on your regular rye grass hay that would be for sale.
Our Bees Are Spoiled For Choice
It has been largely cool, wet and windy this past week but that hasn’t kept our bees in the hive. The lime trees are still in blossom, bramble in the hedgerow is in full flower, heather on Tom Heights above Tarn Hows paint the hillside pink and purple, clover speckles white and red in the still uncut hay meadows and garden flowers such as geranium, astrantia, campanula and daisy, all good nectar and pollen plants for bees still dance in cool breeze. Next week rosebay willow herb will be out, another favourite bee plant.
Flower, flowers everywhere!
In the garden we try to incorporate wild flowers along with more conventional perennials and shrubs to make it attractive to our bees and other pollinating insects. This year has been a good year for our bees and it seems for bumble bees as well as the garden hums with the sound of them.