Journal

Thoughts from the potting shed, seasonal observations, planting journal, kitchen garden recipes, hints, tips, suggestions, discoveries and general ramblings from a Devon garden.

Powderham Castle Garden Festival April 27-28 2018

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Journal, Press | 0 comments

Powderham Castle Garden Festival April 27-28 2018

We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Powderham Castle     Garden Festival again this year.The Garden Festival takes place on April 27/28 and is now celebrating its 5th anniversary. Now established as one of the “go to” garden festivals in the country, be sure to book your tickets early. You can do this by clicking on the link here http://tobygardenfest.co.uk.   Lewis Cottage Plants will be there offering our range of woodland and architectural plants most of which are grown from seed or cuttings from...

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BBC Radio Devon – “On grief and gardening” Interview with Richard Orton

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Journal, Press | 0 comments

Following the unexpected death of his Mother late last year, Richard talks to Vic Morgan of Radio Devon on how a shared love of gardening has helped him comes to terms with his loss.

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Exciting new plants for 2016

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Journal, New plants for 2016, Plant of the Month, Plants that should be better known! | 0 comments

Exciting new plants for 2016

A quick turn around the greenhouses this weekend confirmed that Spring is certainly here. There’s an explosion of growth from the cuttings we took late last summer, slumbering perennials are beginning to show willing and the first seeds sown a couple of weeks ago are already through. This all means that we have been able to launch our new plants for 2016 on the Lewis Cottage Plants website almost a month earlier than expected. From traditional cottage plants, unusual varieties of established favourites to the down right rare and...

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In praise of Yewtopia

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in Journal | 0 comments

In praise of Yewtopia

Faced with the prospect of felling four mature Lime treesthis year, Ben and his team from Yewtopia suggested that we try Pollarding them first as an experiment and then at the end of the season take a view. Pollarding encourages new growth and maintains trees in a partially juvenile state. The Limes, as beautiful as they are, were casting  a large area of shade late across the lawn on a Summer’s day that it was almost as if night had arrived early. As you can see, the Pollarded trees now afford a clear view across the lawn whilst also...

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The Petasites

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Journal, Plants that should be better known! | 0 comments

The Petasites

  The Petasites Okay, so let’s be honest, these plants are not for the faint hearted, they are big, and we’re talking really big. Not in the Gunnera definition of the word, but big nonetheless and comparably prehistoric too! Not suitable for the small garden, they are however, extremely impressive when contained and nurtured properly, perfect for a waste piece of ground where nothing else will grow, even thick solid clay can’t contain their strong spreading rhizomatous roots. From the fairly innocuous P.fragrans which at 12” tall is the...

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The Symphytums (Comfreys)

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Journal, Plant of the Month, Plants that should be better known! | 0 comments

The Symphytums (Comfreys)

The Comfreys; sounds rather like the name of a country manor from an Agatha Christie novel doesn’t it? However, these invaluable but sometimes invasive groundcover plants are often overlooked for more showier ground coverers. Suitable for any shady position and thriving on moister clay soils they’re worth their collective weight in gold covering ground that other plants would turn their noses at and providing a long season of delicate flowers ranging from pure white, through gentle blue to pink and yellow. Although many varieties are...

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“Open all flowers” West country Weather article

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Journal, Press | 0 comments

Last July, we were delighted to welcome the crew from ITV West Country weather to the garden to film a short documentary about opening for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).Not only were the crew a wonderful couple of chaps, there was also no doubt that following the airing of the piece on TV, the number of visitors that came to the garden that weekend increased substantially. It just goes to show that all publicity is good publicity, particularly when it means that charitable organisations like the NGS and the charities it supports such as...

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True inspiration – Lewis Cottage Garden

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Journal, Press | 0 comments

True Inspiration: Lewis Cottage Garden     A garden visit with a difference this weekend.. I haven’t made nearly enough of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) this year. And that must change. Stately piles and the larger set piece gardens are spectacular and will always be a must see. But what if we also want to see just how much can be achieved with the resources and budget that us mere mortals have to play with? Then it’s the collection of (mostly) private gardens contained within the ‘Yellow Book’ to which we should turn. Lewis...

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Lewis Cottage from the air

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

Lewis Cottage from the air

Thumbing through a pile of plant & seed catalogues over Christmas I came across these two images of the garden taken from the air last year just before the first NGS opening . It gives a unique and rare view of the garden and cottage, particularly the top water meadow which we use as a parking area for visitors. This year however, we’ve decided to create a perennial meadow after friends donated hundreds of wild plants they had grown from seed. We are adopting a very natural approach to the planting using only native and local...

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