Garden

Gardener’s Diary April 2020

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on March 30, 2020

April is one of the most exciting months for gardeners, with new plants bursting into life and a mixture of new foliage and flowers everywhere. A real change in birdsong can be heard this month and bees and other insects become more active, but beware, April is often a cruel month, weather-wise and plant damage […]

Gardener’s Diary – March

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 21, 2020

March is a month of surprise in the garden with beautiful weather one day and winter the next. By the month end, it is clear that life in the garden is quickening and the new season has arrived. Bare Root Trees, Shrubs and Hedges – Complete planting of these and remember to keep a check […]

Gardener’s Diary – February

Early Signs of spring

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on February 3, 2020

This month can sometimes be deceiving in the garden. Lovely days that seem to announce the arrival of spring, are quickly followed by bitter winter weather. However, mild spells, when they occur, really do give us time to start the new season’s gardening activity in earnest, providing, of course, that we don’t forget that winter […]

Gardener’s Diary January

frosty leaves

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on December 30, 2019

It’s now midwinter, with prospects of cold winds, heavy rain, frost and possibly snow. Even if this is one of the coldest times of the year, there are still things for the gardener to do. If you have managed to complete your winter digging and general tidy jobs last month, then most jobs will now […]

Festive Gardener’s Diary December

Posted by Rob Checkley, on November 25, 2019

Quite often a cold, wet month with only pale sunshine. Many gardens get neglected due to pre- Christmas activity, but there are still things to do before the onset of the real winter. Weather permitting, this month is still an appropriate time to plant trees, shrubs, conifers and roses etc. It’s also an ideal time […]

Gardener’s Diary – November

Posted by Rob Checkley, on October 29, 2019

Mid to late autumn, can be an unpredictable time of the year – the first of the real night frosts will usually have already occurred, signalling the end of any remaining tender annual plants and making most gardeners consider the onset of winter. There is still time however, when weather permits, to finish any delayed […]

Gardener’s Diary – October

Posted by Rob Checkley, on September 30, 2019

Summer has officially ended and autumn begins. The evenings are now becoming cooler but October could still give us some glorious daytime sunshine. Summer bedding is now looking tired and it’s time to replace with autumn/winter bedding to give new colour well into winter. The main activity in the flower garden now is planning and […]

Gardener’s Diary – September

Posted by Rob Checkley, on August 31, 2019

This month marks the ‘tail-end’ of summer and the start of autumn. Quite often a time of warm, dry weather with the appearance of early morning mists. The natural world is slowing down as animals, birds, insects and plants start to prepare for winter. The garden is entering a natural lull before the work of […]

Gardener’s Diary – August

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 30, 2019

With most things in the garden either sown or planted, now is a good time to relax and enjoy it. Ensure the garden can cope with the heat of full summer. Deadhead flowering plants, keep up the weeding and water regularly. If you are going on holiday arrange for someone to water for you. Keep […]

Gardener’s Diary – July

Posted by Rob Checkley, on July 2, 2019

A great time to relax and enjoy your garden with blue skies, sunshine and rich, fresh growth. The emphasis is now on weeding and watering. The pond or water garden is now at its best and will be attracting many forms of wildlife to the garden. Monthly reminders: Flower Gardens – Deadhead to prolong displays. […]

Gardener’s Diary – June

Posted by Rob Checkley, on June 1, 2019

Summer should have arrived at last and gardeners can start to enjoy their gardens with much of the heavy work now completed. Beware, however, as there is still time for late frosts which can still harm tender bedding and vegetables early in the month. This month has the year’s longest day and can be described […]

Gardener’s Diary – May

Posted by Rob Checkley, on April 28, 2019

May (the most exciting and busiest period for gardening) is fast approaching. Planting can begin in earnest this month but, don’t rush in with frost tender bedding schemes too early. Roses – Continue regular spraying to control black spit and other diseases. Greenflies will become an issue this month, so try a combined pesticide to […]

Gardener’s Diary – March

Pete Toms
Posted by Pete Toms, on March 1, 2019

March is a month of surprise in the garden with beautiful weather one day and winter the next. By the month end, it is clear that life in the garden is quickening and the new season has arrived. Monthly Reminders Bare Root Trees, Shrubs and Hedges – Complete planting of these and remember to keep […]

Gardener’s Diary – February

Pete Toms
Posted by Pete Toms, on February 1, 2019

This month can sometimes be deceiving in the garden. Lovely days that seem to announce the arrival of spring, are quickly followed by bitter winter weather. However, mild spells, when they occur, really do give us time to start the new season’s gardening activity in earnest, providing, of course, that we don’t forget that winter […]

Gardening January 2019

Pete Toms
Posted by Pete Toms, on January 2, 2019

It’s now midwinter, with prospects of cold winds, heavy rain, frost and possibly snow. However, there are still things for the gardener to do even if you have managed to complete your winter digging and general tidy jobs. The shortest day has passed, and we can all look forward to the start of a new […]

December Gardener’s Diary

Pete Toms
Posted by Pete Toms, on December 12, 2018

December is quite often a cold, wet month with only pale sunshine. With all the pre-Christmas activity many gardens get neglected, but there are still things to do before the real winter begins. There is still time to plant trees, shrubs, conifers and roses etc. It’s also an ideal time to plant fruit trees and […]

Barn Owls

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Barn owls are a majestic icon of the British countryside they float ghost-like across fields at dusk in search of voles and rats. When they catch these rodents they are inadvertently ingesting the powerful rat poisons that are being used on farms across the country. When owls eat their prey they are taking in toxins […]

Bluebell Woods

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Bluebells are synonymous with May as they spread their lovely shimmering blue carpet usually overhung with fresh green foliage. They can be found in abundance at most local woods such as Evenley Northamptonshire; Foxholes nature reserve near chipping Norton; Manor Farm Adderbury and Horley Railway, which are all Berks Bucks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust reserves. […]

Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

As Elizabeth Murray says, “Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is triumph of hope over experience. Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as the canvas.” During April the weather should be on the turn giving way to day trips and opportunities to get […]

MOD Wildlife

Wildlife

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

John goes native to help out the special wildlife found inhabiting the undisturbed corners of the MOD Bicester garrisons. The Ministry of Defense (MOD) garrisons to the south east of Bicester are custodians of areas of special habitat for the counties wildlife, the undisturbed land being a haven for birds and butterflies alike. Although these […]

Sustainable Woodstock

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Sustainable Woodstock is a voluntary, not for profit, community group and our aim is to raise awareness and champion environmental issues in our community. Working together, we believe we can support projects and campaigns to tackle these issues with a greater likelihood of success. We’re interested in raising awareness on issues such as waste reduction, […]

Hedgehogs – Summer

Hedgehog

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

We are now firmly in summertime with the promise of rising temperatures and longer days. This means that hedgehogs are active and more visible, and they will continue to be so until late autumn when they settle back into hibernation. During this active period, hedgehogs have three primary objectives: find mates, rear young, and build […]

Ardley Wood Quarry

Ardley Wood Quarry

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Ardley Wood Quarry is a small, sheltered, mostly wooded nature reserve a few miles North West of Bicester. It has public access and is open all the time. Information on the BBOWT website. Getting there The reserve is just outside Ardley on it’s western edge. So if you are coming from the North, East or […]

October Gardner’s Diary

October Gardner's Diary

Andy Davies
Posted by Andy Davies, on October 12, 2018

Summer has officially ended and autumn begins. The evenings are now becoming cooler but, with luck, the ‘Indian Summer’ experienced for a while in September could still give us some glorious daytime weather well into the month. We will however still need rain in the long term. Summer bedding is now looking tired and it’s […]

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