Tysoe Walled Kitchen Garden

Welcome to the Tysoe Walled Kitchen Garden website! We are committed to organic gardening. Using the best practices from the Victorian days (i.e. lots of horse manure) and knowledge gleaned from the Ryton Organic Gardens we have set out to tame our Warwickshire clay. It’s all about sustainability, so as well as organic gardening, we’re always looking to better ways to work with our environment.

On this site you can find out about our history and the projects we are working on. You can come visit the garden and learn about organic gardening. Follow our blog to see what’s on our mind in the garden this month.

For the first 8 years all the work was carried out by just the two of us. Now we have help and are passing on our knowledge to students on the WRAGS (Work and Retrain As a Gardener Scheme).

We also find time to be involved with the WOT2Grow Community Orchard in Tysoe and have planted a 3 acre wood close to Tysoe, just over the border in Oxfordshire with a grant from the Woodland Trust.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

More January flowers

I have a number of evergreen clematis, all flower in winter so you get foliage and flowers when much of the garden is still asleep

Clematis cirrhosa “Jingle Bells”

Bought in 2011 as an offer from a gardening magazine this plant is obviously happy where I planted it. It has been a mass of flowers since before Christmas and will hopefully continue into March, followed by attractive seed heads. The blackbirds nest in it in spring and today the sun is out so are the honey bees and they are are all over the flowers collecting nectar.

Clematis cirrhosa “Jingle Bells”
Clematis cirrhosa “Wisley Cream”

This one is on the pergola, planted in 2012 and growing well. Another evergreen Clematis cirrhosa, Wisley Cream. It has an AGM award for being easy to grow and is covering the posts really well.

Close up of “Wisley Cream”

The Freckles has almost finished flowering now but has put on a really good show and will be followed by the seed heads.

Clematis cirrhosa “Freckles” flowers and seed heads

This group of Clematis are easy to care for as in theory require no pruning.

However the “Freckles” was getting very straggly and untidy looking, so in autumn I cut it back quite hard, but have been rewarded with a lovely show of flowers and a more compact plant.

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