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Don’t play football with the French! For a time I lived in the Loire Valley in France in a little place called Luche Pringe. I was invited to a french … Read more…
Although September sees the start of autumn (where have all the children gone?), Pembrokeshire can say very mild and a lot of plants should still be looking their best. Keep … Read more…
After our visit to the wonderful gardens of Dyffryn Fernant on a warm May day, owner Christina Shand kindly invited Jim Saul and I to return in August to see how things have grown during the summer. This time our visit coincided with a muggy misty day , when the very first hints of autumn can just be seen in the plants and scenery around the valley.
Jim pointed out some of his personal favorites to be found here and some of those are very unusual and distinctive – well worth a visit before autumn sets in. Of places to visit in Wales this far west Dyffryn Fernant is highly recommended.
It is tempting when going to a nursery or garden centre to buy the best plant in flower – we have all done it! A week later, when all the … Read more…
Feature image: Sarah Wint.
Plant a Garden – Grow Happiness!
This month our gardening correspondent, Jim Saul visited Daisybus Gardens near Solva; a very different Pembrokeshire garden and one that is only just beginning to take shape. On the St Davids peninsula near Llandeloy, Sarah Wint and her husband William are busy creating an unusual garden. Gardener Sarah wants to show and share with others, “… how easy it is to get started on a garden and why you should bother.”
Summer in the garden If you don’t have much time to look after your garden in July or maybe you are off on holiday , or perhaps your home here … Read more…
A great time of year to visit gardens and garden centres I volunteer at Picton Castle Gardens each week and each week there is something different to look at. It … Read more…
“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.
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.
Do you ever sit in the garden and think ‘Gosh, my garden’s looking mighty fine’? Well who is responsible? Is it yourself or your other half or both of you … Read more…
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