The Genus Garden - Musings From Joff, Our Head Gardener

The dark side

Our woodland garden at Genus HQ is located around centuries old quarry workings.  Spoil from the subterranean stone mine was piled up creating a 30 metre long mound nearly 3...
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Hot stuff

The recent hot weather drew our attention to the narrow border that butts up to the back of the cottage at Genus HQ.  South facing, and with well drained soil it’s...
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Candles in the wind

We might not be celebrating a birthday but the candles are out at Genus HQ .  Our magnificent Horse Chestnut trees are in flower - it’s something we look forward...
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Potting On

A bout of seed sowing last month in the Genus greenhouse has started to pay dividends and despite the recent cold weather most of our seeds have germinated and put...
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Tisty-tosty

Cowslips!  They started appearing in the orchard lawn at Genus HQ about five years ago and with judicious mowing have continued to thrive.  What was once half a dozen plants...
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News from the pond

Regular readers will have seen the sad news reported in our February blog where toads that make an annual pilgrimage from their winter quarters out of our dry stone walls,...
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Busy optimism

Half term duties and a family week away helped us miss the inclement weather that gardeners have been ‘enjoying’ recently in the UK.  The much needed break (Lisbon, thank you...
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Who knew? Blue

With the predominance of narcissi and tulips in the garden at this time of year and the multitude of colours they bring, it's always a surprise for us when the...
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It’s as though someone has thrown a big switch in the Genus garden.  One week nothing.  The next week WEEDS - a rash of green.  In all of the beds,...
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Lawn issues

We had reason to be happy this week when conditions finally enabled us to cut the grass in the orchard.  A few days with no rain and a nice westerly...
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Gone nutty

Hidden behind our showroom at Genus HQ is our nuttery.  Planted three years ago, the clumps of hazel (Corylus avellana) are maturing well with some of the shrubs (or are...
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Amphibious disaster

Every March we look forward to our toads returning to the pond where spotty necklaces of gelatinous morse code are intricately woven around the Elodea and emerging lily stems.  A...
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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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