Gardening

Gardening

Rudbeckias on the Rise - October in the Lewis Cottage Garden

Richard Orton reports on the rudbeckia and other plants providing autumnal colour in the Lewis Cottage garden and advises on some jobs to be doing in your own garden this month.
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Late Summer Showstoppers - September in the Lewis Cottage Garden

Richard Orton is feeling up beat as he reports on some unexpected successes in his garden.
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Embracing Nature in your Garden - June in the Lewis Cottage Garden

On June 24th and 25th Lewis Cottage Garden, near Spreyton, will open its gates to visitors as part of the National Gardens Scheme.
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Top Tips for Seed Propagation -  March in the Lewis Cottage Garden

Top tips to maximise your chances of successful germination.
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December in the Lewis Cottage Garden - The Trouble with Tulips

This month Richard Orton shares some advice for growing tulips successfully in our heavy Devon soil, his thoughts on whether or not to tidy your garden in winter and his delight at a spectacular display by his Ginkgo biloba tree. He also suggests a few final gardening jobs before the year comes to an end.
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October in the Lewis Cottage Garden - A Time for Reflection

Our gardens can provide solace at times of loss or crisis, including for King Charles who sought refuge in his garden at Highgrove during the gruelling events of recent weeks. Here, Richard Orton reflects on a visit to Highgrove and how this influenced the development of his own garden at Lewis Cottage. He also reports on what to enjoy and do in the autumn garden, as well as gardens to visit locally.
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September in the Lewis Cottage Garden - Patience is a Virtue

Richard Orton reports on their plans for the new area in Lewis Cottage Garden as well as jobs to be getting on with in your own garden this month.
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June in the Lewis Cottage Garden

Some plant choices at this time of the year and some jobs for this busy month
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May in the Lewis Cottage Garden 

Some less spectacular plants that still play a crucial role in the Lewis Cottage garden.
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The Unsung Heroes - April in the Lewis Cottage Garden

Compost, hedges, keeping you busy and suggestions of other garden visits.
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Celebrating Our Devon Gardens - March in the Lewis Cottage Garden

The 2022 National Garden Scheme’s brochure features their beautiful garden Lewis Cottage garden.
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No End to Jobs in the Garden at Lewis Cottage

As the year draws to a close, most gardeners are taking a well earned rest. But in the Lewis Cottage garden life is busier than ever. From gathering leaves and moving pots to planting hedges and ordering seeds, there are no end of jobs to be done in December, says Richard Orton.
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As I Walked Out One Late Summer’s Morning  -  Lewis Cottage Garden in September 

While the days are getting shorter and the mood is more relaxed, there is still plenty to do.
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If At First You Don’t Succeed……..    August in the Lewis Cottage Garden

It’s the height of summer and the garden is running away with itself; armfuls of veg to be picked, hedges needing to be trimmed and lawns to be mowed. In his magnificent garden at Lewis Cottage, Richard Orton admits that he sometimes feels overwhelmed by it all. But the sheer bountifulness of it all easily pushes those feelings aside and allows him a little time to appreciate the little triumphs and successes of the year so far.