Gardening with Jim Saul – Dyffryn Fernant Garden.

Dyffryn Fernant
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“Go and see it” – Monty Don

There can be few more decisive reviews of a garden than this one from the star of BBC Gardeners’ World, so Pembrokeshire Life Online’s gardening correspondent, Jim Saul did just that.

On a glorious sunny May afternoon we were fortunate to be welcomed and shown around this enchanting place just below Waun Fach, east of Fishguard, by the creator, Christina Shand and her husband David. When she moved into Dyffryn Fernant in 1996, there was a run-down farmhouse and overgrown garden so Christina set about transforming it all, bit by bit.

Dyffryn Fernant garden map

The six acres of many different, natural, stylised and exotic gardens include a quarry area as you enter, then the front garden and kitchen garden – which were the first areas to be tackled -A plant nursery, rickyard, orchard, fernery, bog and woodland areas. From the gloriously pink house there are far-reaching views across the gardens to fields and the Preselis. Within the garden, a Cwm, a pond and the area referred to as ‘Beyond’ – where visitors are welcome to picnic. From the magic garden the views are wonderful.

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Fishguard Garden Centre Prize Draw!

 

Subscribers prize draw for May, 2017.

Garden centre proprietor Nick Chilton picks this month’s winner in the Pembrokeshire Life Online subscriber’s prize draw. A £20 Fishguard Garden Centre gift voucher – watch the video to see if you have won!
At the end of the video we invite you to recycle your unwanted USB memory sticks – or donate a new one – so we can distribute monthly Pembrokeshire lifestyle programmes to those who housebound and no longer able to get out into this beautiful county…. Check out PembsLifeOnline USB-TV at

http://www.pembrokeshirelifeonline.uk/pembrokeshire-tv – or look in the site menu.

Thanks to Fishguard Garden Centre for their support.

Link to Fishguard Garden Centres Pembrokeshire

 

Gardening with Jim Saul at Picton Castle

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Picton Castle is Pembrokeshire’s finest stately home and it’s gardens are exceptional.

Wonderful opportunities at Picton Castle Gardens.

Do you ever wish you could learn more about gardening? Perhaps you are a bit of a novice and want to know more? Or would you just love to find out how the fantastic gardens at Picton Castle are so well managed?

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Gardening with Jim Saul at Fishguard Garden Centre.

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Fishguard Garden Centre

Fishguard Garden Centre
As Jim Saul has discovered there can be a few unique challenges and unusual effects of the climate and location here in Pembrokeshire.

Who better to find out more from than Gill and Nick Chilton of Fishguard Garden Centre? They have been sharing their gardening expertise in Pembrokeshire for 15 years from their garden-centre high above Fishguard in North Pembrokeshire.

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Gardening Pembrokeshire – March

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If you are a seasoned gardener, it can still be a bit of a shock to say ‘I’m going out all day today to dig over the allotment’, if you haven’t done much in the garden over the last five or six months. Work at it for only an hour or so as your body adapts to heavy lifting. When you get tired it is when accidents happen so when your body tells you it has had enough, STOP!

By now, snowdrops, crocus and daffodils should be in flower. When your daffodils have finished, just cut the flowers off and let them die down naturally – it might look a bit scruffy for a while, but they will benefit as the bulbs store food in the stems for them to flower next year.

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Gardening in Pembrokeshire – February

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“As I write this the last thing I really want to do is garden!” – Jim Saul

It’s been raining and it’s blowing a gale right now, but the time will come at the end of the month to turn over the soil. To help aerate it, spread compost or well-rotted manure down.

Jobs to do in February.

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Gardening in Pembrokeshire – January.

Jim Saul's favourite pink cyclamen from his gardening calendar for January

Jim Saul warms us with his gardening guide to January.

The hours of daylight in winter are frustratingly short – just think what you could get done at this time of year with 10 – 12 hours of daylight!

What with the wind, rain, fog and ice (but rarely snow here in Pembrokeshire) it is now the time to reflect on what went right or wrong last year in the garden.

Perhaps some beds or borders need reshaping?

Are some plants now too close to one another or are there large gaps to fill?

Is there a rotten fence post or some uneven slabs?

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