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.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Funny Year

2020 has been a strange year for many reasons including the weather.

The plants and creatures in the garden are so confused.

The honey bees are so active for this time of year, butterflies still flying around in November and the blackbirds, who usually strip the cottoneaster berries in a matter of days have not even visited the bush yet. There must be lots of food elsewhere this year.

Flowers too are unsure of the date! There are new flowers on the poached egg plant (Limanthes douglasii), many new rose buds and fringed campion (Silene frimbriata) is also in flower. These usually flower in the summer!

We even saw blossom on one of the apple trees as we were collecting the mistletoe.

But there is one flower that is supposed to be open now and it is beautiful.

There are several evergreen clematis in the garden and this one, Jingle bells is the best this year.

This photo, taken at the end of November was full of bees, all sorts including several kinds bumble bee and many honey bees, buzzing away busily.

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