Author: phil

Introducing Fieldcrest Gardening Club

At the end of April we’re introducing our gardening club. We wanted to do something informal, for people who like gardening and want to pick up a few tips and for beginners who are keen to try new things. Each Monday we’ll be open for people to drop in and join in with whatever the club has planned for that day, and Chris will share practical ideas and skills which you can then apply in the garden. It’s very much hands-on gardening, but with an emphasis on having fun – and a cup of tea and a cake! Find out more...

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Moving Perennials and Shrubs

We are in the process of creating some more parking spaces to the front of the house, which means that a lot of shrubs, trees and perennials are being moved. Amongst other things, we have moved two large Viburnum davidii, a large Lilac and a Tibetan Cherry tree which has lovely Cinnamon coloured bark. Two fairly large Yew bushes have also been removed and we know from experience that these do not take kindly to being transplanted. However, luckily for us, March is a good time to move plants, so here are some guidelines on what to do. Moving Shrubs and Trees When to move Deciduous plants can be moved any time in the dormant season from October until mid-March – try to do this before new buds are appearing. Evergreen plants can be moved in October or March as the soil is beginning to warm up and it is less stressful for the plants to get established. Preparing to move If you know you are going to move a plant, prepare the shrub or tree for transplanting by digging a trench around the plant, about a foot wide and deep and then fill this with sand or sandy soil. This will encourage fibrous root formation. The plant can be dug up during the following transplanting cycle e.g. do this digging in Spring to transplant in Autumn, and vice versa. If, like us, this could not be done, then...

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This Week in The Garden…February 6th

We have had some lovely sunshine in the garden this week. The early spring bulbs, such as crocus and snowdrops are peeping through and there are catkins on the Hazel trees. Some of our trees, especially the Silver Birch and Eucalyptus have had to be pruned – quite a big job and one that needed a professional tree surgeon. The Silver Birch have to be pruned before the sap starts rising (about now), so we have done them just in time. The shredded bark has been put down on our bottom path and is looking good. Now is still a good time to sow Sweet Peas – I am sowing ‘Anniversary’, ‘Cupani’ and ‘Charlies Angel’ – all strong growers and good for cutting. Sow three seeds in a 3” pot,  start them off in some warmth and then put into a greenhouse or cloche until the weather warms a bit, then out in the garden in...

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2015 Courses at Fieldcrest

We’ve been working hard all winter on putting together an exciting programme of events and courses for 2015, and we’ve finally added them all to our website. we hope that we’ve put together a schedule with something for everyone, from garden design to garden photography via cookery and papercraft – more than twenty different topics in total! Our Garden Room will again be the venue for most of these courses (resplendent in a new colour scheme with a new serving area and furniture), along with tours of part of the garden where you will be able to see how the course...

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An evening with Bill Oddie in Chester – Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Cheshire Wildlife Trust are hosting an evening with Bill Oddie, the well known wildlife expert and National Vice President of the Wildlife Trusts. As many of you will know from seeing Bill on many TV shows, he is a lively and interesting speaker, so it should be a good night. Proceeds will go towards the many conservation projects that Cheshire Wildlife is involved with. Event: Thursday 5th March, 7.30 – 9.30 pm.  Venue:  Chester Racecourse.   Tickets:  £16 Further information and booking details can be seen on...

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Thursday at Fieldcrest

Garden, socialise and learn at our Thursday morning group.

2017 Courses

Our 2017 course and workshop programme has something for everyone!