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The Vegetable Garden

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Before we take a trip to the vegetable garden, I have to report a theft!  The vehicle access through the main gates leads to a bridge over the stream.  The original bridge was constructed of huge granite stones.  When we had a new bridge built, the builder kindly constructed a wall with the old granite.  Last night somebody stole a bit of it!


So now we have an odd looking gap in the middle of the wall!
The Vegetable Garden
The rear right-hand corner of the garden is sectioned off as our vegetable garden and propagation area.  This year has been so wet that digging over the plots is a slow process, but we will have a look now, and hopefully revisit when they are full of produce!

The rhubarb is growing well.  Trouble is, it is on the lawn.  A friend brought it round and it is destined for the plot behind the compost bin, but again, it has been too wet to dig it over.

The middle plot ahead is full of leeks planted last year.  This is the most unsuccessful crop that we have ever had.  The…

The History Bit

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There are a few features that make the garden quite unique, and are therefore worth a mention.



Our property was the gardener's lodge, situated at the gates marking the start of a long drive leading to the Manor House.  The long, sweeping drive is bordered by the obligatory mature trees.  However, due to the building of the bypass, which transected said sweeping drive, it is now a lane going nowhere.  This is rather nice for us because we have unused woodland outside our gates instead of, what would have been back in the day (back along, I should say), a busy lane.  Our pedestrian gate can be seen to the left, under a black arch.

A stream runs through the garden.  It is actually a river, but on a modest scale, so we refer to it as a stream.  This runs parallel to the front boundary and cuts right across the garden.  It therefore creates separate garden areas each side of the foot bridge to the front door.

The Lodge is situated slap bang in the centre of the half acre grounds, there…

Snow!

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One major feature in the garden is a massive Magnolia Campbelli, around 40ft high.  This picture was taken in February as it was just starting to unfurl its beautiful, rich pink flowers.  They are not yet fully open in this picture and are currently a bit lop sided, as the flowering starts on the west side of the tree, which gets the most sun.

Then the snow came.  Well, everyone knows, it never snows in Cornwall!  Maybe the odd smatter, but not proper job snow.  This year we had proper snow with a vengeance.  It made the garden very pretty, but the magnolia did not like it at all.  Instead of a carpet of pink petals, the ground was covered (when the snow melted) with a carpet of mush.  The buds had dropped from the tree and turned to a slippery mess.


This is what we didn't get this year!

Definitely not this.  Still, hopefully next year.
It appears that other plants may have been hit hard.  As mentioned before, we usually do not have to lift anything to over-winter, and we have pro…