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Mum has a huge yard and unfortunately we haven’t been able to keep with up it.  Through serendipity last weekend, we now have a regular lawn care mowing service from here in the hamlet that is extremely reliable and affordable *and* we have a garden maintenance service from the next village over! He will be spending quite a bit of time over the next month or so licking the grounds into shape, but he is looking to expand his service into our hamlet, so once he has our place in shape, he will drop in for a weekly maintenance hour on his rounds.  This will keep the gardens looking great and improve mum’s mental health enormously.

For example, the front garden went from this:

Left Front Garden - Before photo

To this:

Right Front Garden - After photo

Some other areas he will work on over the coming weeks are like this one, where it’s now being regularly mowed, but the shrubs need to be weeded, pruned into shape and fertilised.

Side Yard - Photo taken 4 May 2012

I also have a full crop of medlars this year!  Does anyone have any medlar recipes to share? This tree is 6 foot tall; Ian – do you remember when we bought this one?

Medlar Tree in full fruit

And that fruit is huge – each one is larger than a plum! So … any suggestion on recipes?

In the meantime, we’re watching to see what comes up in the front garden – we have a lot of bulbs in there.  Also mum is looking for winter plants to pop in the garden.  I suggested Hellebores for a winter flower that copes with the frost.  Any other suggestions or recommendations?

7 Comments

    • Stephen Silk
    • Posted 4 May 2012 at 16:33
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    Well, I’ve learned two things from this post – I’d never heard of medlars or bletting before. So there you go.

  1. Add me to the newly educated.

  2. Great garden and well done on getting someone to give it a facelift. Love the medlar tree. There is a recipe for medlar chutney and of course medlar butter but I’ll look round for some more.

    Winter plants there aren’t really that many that flower then although you could probably get away with browallia out there; but plenty of spring ones. Ranunculas, little dwarf irises, solomons seal, pulmonarias, trilliums, bergenias and doronyciums as well as lots of the primulas.
    Winter flowering shrubs you have winter jasmin and witchhazel (hamamelis) . Daphnes are lovely too as they are scented.

    Shall I shut up now?
    Hugs

    • Medlar butter?

      Love love love Daphnes but we can not get them to grow here. Wrong soil or something but they just die or stay stunted and then eventually die 🙁

      • Daphnes are acid loving shrubs and need ericaceaus soil. The best thing to do if you ever wanted one would be to plant it in a big pot in said soil.

  3. We have hundreds of bulbs that come up in the spring and I love the rose bushes – mum just wants some colour in the beds from late autumn (now) until August when the bulbs take over. We used to have a ground cover of violets and strawberries but that all just got hacked away.

    As we are already getting temps of -1 and -3 and will get down to -8 in July, the plants will need to be frost hardy.

    • Autumn flowering flowers would be things like michaelmas daisies, chrysanthemums, crocosmia and acidanthera bulbs.


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