In The Genus Garden - Musings From Joff, Our Head Gardener

Winter pruning

A freezing cold day can restrict options in the garden due to frozen soil and grass prone to damage on finer lawns.  After many years' living in a cold rural...
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House trained

With the mild autumn weather persisting for quite a bit longer than previous years, we were finding that many of the trees and shrubs at Genus HQ were very slow...
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Currant affairs

Adjacent to the vegetable garden at genus HQ is our fruit cage.  It’s of a good size, 5 metres by 4 metres with metal uprights supporting the black mesh.  We...
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The end of mulching

The garden at Genus HQ has been somewhat neglected in recent weeks due to holidays or inclement conditions, but a day of better weather this week enabled us to get...
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Annual problem

Every year we all have that annual problem.  No, not vine weevil in our geums but the problem of Christmas tree disposal - what to do when the decorations are back...
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Ticking the list

With some unexpected guests here at Genus HQ over Christmas we had a busy time laughing, entertaining, playing games, and of course cooking.  On the catering side we’re lucky that...
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Cold work

It’s not often that work in the Genus garden grinds to a halt but the recent cold snap and deep snow did just that.  With a few mulching projects and...
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Winter scent

We had several beautiful, bright cold days at Genus HQ last week.  The sun shone through the eastern copse like torchlight, its beams accentuated by the rising early morning mist...
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Mulching - again!

It's been dry enough recently for us to finish off tidying the borders in the flower garden and, with the remaining perennials cut back, we were able to see what...
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Wet and Dry

Wet weather in recent days has slowed work down in the Genus garden, but in between the torrential downpours and scudding showers we have managed to make some progress.  During the...
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Never ending stream

Yes.  It’s still happening.  Leaves are falling in a never ending stream, smothering the lawn, making paths slippy, and breaking down beautifully to turn the gravel driveway into an ideal...
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Miners strike!

We had a bit of a rude surprise this week when we realised that Genus HQ had been invaded by hundreds of uninvited miners.  Not the miners who, in centuries...
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Allium ardour

In previous years we’ve sometimes been a bit late in planting out our garlic, the result being a large single bulb that hasn’t had time to form and give us...
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Free Resource

It’s been happening since late August due to the hot summer but we can now confirm that our trees at Genus HQ are in full leaf-drop mode.  With small copses...
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Harbinger of autumn

A bit of excitement at Genus HQ this week as an old friend returned to greet us.  Walking in the meadow we spotted a Giant Puffball (Calvatia gigantea) nestled in...
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Shooting in the garden

Occasionally, traditional garden work at Genus HQ has to stop and the garden is taken over for a shooting party; seasonal product shoots with photographers, stylists, and models to be...
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Sweet potatoes, originally from South America, have been in cultivation for over 2,000 years.  At Genus HQ they’ve been in cultivation for approximately six months but what an impression they've...
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Bumpy ride

How have your apple trees been performing this year?  At Genus HQ we seem to have experienced the whole spectrum of results from trees with virtually no fruit to trees...
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Hedging History

With misty mornings and mellow fruitfulness pervading the garden, autumn has announced its arrival in the Cotswolds. The dank, almost imperceptible, smells of plant life slowly breaking down and silky...
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Goddess of the rainbow

If you’ve been reading this blog for some time you will know that every few years we have to split our clumps of Iris when they become congested.  Flowering starts...
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Poop poop

We felt as though the hand of Kenneth Grahame was at work this week at Genus HQ when the lawn was alive with tiny toadlets all migrating from the pond...
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