Moosey News : July 2008
Winter - no problem! Sensible gardeners wear layers of thermal underwear, slurp lots of hot drinks, and if they get too cold they split some firewood. And they absolutely don't grump or complain...
This month's features :
- Mid-Winter Magic
- Astelias - Aristocratic Natives
- Down the Garden Path
- The Moosey Winter Journal
- Plant of the Month :Blue Hebe
- Animal of the Month : All Non-Canines in the Moosey House and Garden
- Garden Quote : Using Natural Resources
- Garden Gallery : Graham Thomas English Rose
- Forum Focus : Irises
- Gardening Advice : Path Shapes
- Searching for Moosey : nursery garden
- Coming up this month : Rose Pruning
This month's features
Eek! If we are supposed to get, on average, 0.8 snow storms per winter, and we've already has a small one - does that count?
On the shortest gardening day of 2008 I was kept busy taking the most colourful, magical garden photographs.
Spiky, evergreen, grass-like - meet the New Zealand Astelia.
I'm in the middle of a mad path-making mania. And I'm helping a gardening friend, as her personal path consultant.
These winter days I'm definitely spending more time working in my garden than twittering on in my journal. This is a good thing...
6. Plant of the Month : Blue Hebe
Deep in the middle of winter this generous shrub is flowering.
7. Animals of the Month : All Non-Canines in the Moosey House and Garden
All non-canine Moosey animals and creatures get this month's award. Rusty has been far too busy pinching the cats' food, and the hens' food, and the birds' bread...
8. Garden Quote : Using natural resources
Using the natural resources that the garden and land provide is, in theory, a no-brainer. But so many of us gardeners are compulsive modifiers...
Touted as the best yellow rose in many a totally unscientific survey, David Austin's Graham Thomas still gets my vote!
10. Forum Focus : Irises and White ravens
A friend in Canada is showing off his flowering irises - and showing us some amazing birds.
11. Gardening Advice : Path shapes
Read my journal and discover some amazing path revelations...
12. Searching for Moosey : nursery garden
- nursery garden
- Mooseys gets lots of requests for sourcing plants. My local nurseries are robustly country - for real plant treasures I'd recommend a trip to Abriachan, on the shores of Loch Ness, in Scotland. It's the best garden-nursery I've ever visited!
- Abriachan Garden and Nursery
- You'll enjoy Abriachan's own website, too.
13. Coming up this month : Rose Pruning.
Pruning hundreds of roses is top of my list for July. What I hope will NOT be coming up is any snow storm which has the power to fell any of my trees! Cross my garden-gloved fingers...