The Genus Garden - Musings From Joff, Our Head Gardener

From skin care and sore throats to healing wounds and insect bites, witch hazels (Hamamelis) have been used for centuries as natural remedies or available as over the counter products...
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Behind the scenes

Anyone who’s been following us on Instagram recently will know it's been a busy start to the year for Genus.  This week the cameras came to the garden to catch...
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Walk into the Genus garden at the moment and spots of gold will catch your eye in the subtle shade of our hazel and sycamore copse.  Beautiful Eranthus hymalis have...
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Back-seat botanising

We all wait in anticipation for the first tulip, the first snowdrop or the first daffodil but many plants will already be flowering, advertising their presence with scent and colour. ...
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Johnny onion

As stocks in the Genus vegetable garden start to dwindle it’s encouraging to see 2024’s produce already underway starting us off on an encouraging footing for the new year.  Onions,...
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Signs of Spring?

Happy new year and a wonderful start to 2024 for all our readers.  For most of us the start of January has been decidedly and unforgettably wet with the conditions...
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A Big Rabbit Hole```1

Strong winds in the week before Christmas blew through the garden like a roaring jet engine, littering the lawns with tree limbs and rotten branches, and creating a giant game...
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Up The Wall

Winter is a great time of year for us to tackle many of the climbing plants that clothe the walls of Genus HQ.  It’s always a surprise how much growth...
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Poppy love

Gardeners with smartphones will probably know that they entertain us with random photographs on the home screen every day - a picture more often than not we’ve totally forgotten taking. ...
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Pinch and punch

With the first day of December just gone, it would be traditional to say “a pinch and punch, first day of the month” to any friend we might have encountered in...
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Soil transformation

Last week we talked about cutting back the borders and planting them up for a much needed injection of spring colour.  Wallfowers, foxgloves, and tulips were planted and now mulching...
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Garden cuts

There’s much controversy these days about the merits of cutting back garden borders in the autumn.  We do cut back and there's a number of reasons that we do it...
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Garden grasses

We don’t grow a lot of grasses in the Genus garden but those we have play an important role, acting as a foil for the Dahlias, Rudbeckias, and perennial sunflowers...
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Storm Ciarán

While storm Ciarán ploughed its way along the south coast wrecking homes and gardens, Genus HQ remained relatively unscathed, just catching the tail end of the spiralling pressure system.  We...
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Greenhouse duty

With little prospect of our tomatoes ripening any further we decided to clear all the vines in the greenhouses and turn the fruits into chutney and sauces.  Stripey ‘Tigerella’, good...
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Garden fungi

While most of the garden has been slowly winding down, other areas have been seeing some intriguing activity.  Fungi!  From puffballs in the meadow, to shaggy ink caps on the...
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Autumn sowing

In recent years we’ve been quite organised with our late summer or autumn sown seeds.  Biennials such as wallflowers are often sown as early as August, and our foxgloves too.  Many...
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Green manures

Things were busy at Genus HQ this week.  One of the first jobs was to get our onion sets and garlic into the ground.  With several of the raised beds...
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New border

Regular readers of this blog will know that we’ve become great fans of foxgloves.  Easy to grow, happy in shade or sun, and flowering in early summer they’re a great...
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On the web

With October fast approaching, early mornings in the Genus garden have been turning noticeably colder, the garden often shrouded in mist that has rolled in from the surrounding fields.  Whatever...
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Late to the party

We must have been late with the sowing of our Morning Glory seeds because they appear to be rather late developers and are only now coming into flower.  They’ve used...
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