Lletty's Blog

Croeso! Welcome to Lletty Cottage a lovely five star holiday cottage for two in Carmarthenshire. www.llettycottage.co.uk

The Fourth of July.. No Independence Just Watering! July 4, 2018

Everyone in the UK seems to be having a proper happy summer  and here in Llansadwrn the sun is shining brightly all day and every day! So what’s there to complain about…well…watering! The cracks  in the ground are getting larger by the minute and plants are curling up and giving up! Plants have been frizzled and frazzled and burnt… so out with the hose pipe and watering can and try to revive as many as possible before the garden looks completely bare. How though does one know how much water is left?! We have  a bore hole that provides our water  so no checking the depth of water available ….rationing began today …just in case!

The Botanic Garden of Wales is well known for its wonderful plants, birds of prey and butterflies but very year around midsummer it becomes the venue for the Symphonic Tywi, West Wales’s best-loved symphony orchestra  under the baton of its founder, Michael Cottam. Sitting inside the Glasshouse  surrounded by all the plants and listening to some popular classic music, this year music celebrating ‘The Sound of the Sea’   is a delight. The orchestra is accompanied by the singing of the many birds  who live inside the glasshouse! Taking with us a light snack and a tipple to drink a very enjoyable evening was had by all!


The Yellow Book National Garden Scheme is an amazing collection of  gardens…mostly private gardens that are open to the public on some summer days. Visiting the NGS  Lon Farm  in Talley last week with the Llangadog Gardening Club was a great pleasure. Arriving at the farm after a drive round Talley lakes and up to the top of a hill the  panoramic views were fantastic.  The garden was bathed in sunshine and looked lovely but the owner had suffered the same as the rest of us …the sun had dried up their streams , pond water levels way down and plants needing lots of watering!


I love this flying dragonfly and the bee hives turned out to be compost bins…what a clever idea!

DSC08882 (1)

There were pretty views all around. The pond was filled with many large fish, who jumped to eat all the food that was thrown in for them…they were huge!


I like a garden with lots of sitting places!


A clever use was made of the two derelict buildings as they had been beautifully planted up and artefacts added to give even more interest.

DSC08911 (1)

One of the ‘rooms’ in the buildings was the duck house and outside their lovely pond. It was so hot we all wanted to paddle with them!


Walking around the garden one discovered many unusual items.


Of course no visit to a garden would be complete without a coffee and cake…this was no exception a delicious tea was spread out for all to enjoy.


DSC08928 (1)

Funny how things turn out but my next outing was to Talley…again. This time with  ladies  from the Country Women’s Group. Talley is  just over the hill from where I live, just a  drive of a few miles on single track roads .  The  village  has    many pretty cottages, some large houses, two lovely lakes, an historic church and  an ancient abbey.




It also has the prettiest and smallest church hall, where we were served tasty refreshments!


Back home life is busy with the farmer mowing the field for silage,

The flowers that are surviving with all the watering are I’ve discovered …mostly red/pink!! I planted them so it must obviously be a favourite colour!

I’ve noticed that succulents are becoming popular again…every time I visit a nursery I see them all in their little pots wanting to be bought…by me! They don’t need too much water either!


Mice have eaten my strawberries in the veg plot but they haven’t found these …yet!


The farmer had to bring the sheep back on our Pond Field as they needed water to drink. It’s been lovely watching the lambs chasing around  and having fun….but there’s always one that gets into trouble!


Enjoy the sunshine but keep watering!


June 3 2015 Gardens Home and Away June 3, 2015


Last weekend I was fortunate enough to join a  delightful group of people from Llangadog Gardening Club on a coach outing to the Cotswolds. Although the weather was pretty bad on the way to the first garden the moment we arrived the sun popped out…what’s that saying….the sun shines on the righteous!!  Sezincote (  http://www.sezincote.co.uk  ) is an amazing garden with an equally amazing house with similarities  to Brighton Pavilion!  We had a wonderful  tour around the house  before roaming around the gardens and spotting other Indian features.

2015 may twins garden visit reunion 039-1

2015 may twins garden visit reunion 051-1

Later in the day we headed off to Hidcote Gardens http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote/

Lawrence Johnston created this remarkable garden in a series of rooms and one can meander through the garden being overwhelmed  by the different views and feelings as you enter one ‘room’  and exit onto another vista. Colours blend in the borders  and  flowers weave  their way through one another  creating beautiful designs- it’s a stunning garden.

2015 may twins garden visit reunion 187-1 In keeping with the Arts and Crafts garden  this tree peony had the patterns and colours  just like those used by William Morris in his wallpaper /fabric designs.

2015 may twins garden visit reunion 204

After staying a night in the Ibis Hotel in Cheltenham http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-6900-ibis-gloucester/index.shtml

which was really good,  spotlessly clean, with tasty food and very pleasant staff- we headed off to Toddington  to the Garden Centre. They had a large range of garden equipment and healthy looking plants for sale…so I had to buy something…two frostfree pots  on sale £1.99 each…not bad!!

I nipped next door to visit the railway station which was charming- they sometimes have steam trains running through. http://www.gwsr.com/

2015 may twins garden visit reunion 213-1

2015 may twins garden visit reunion 217-1

Like all things in life it’s odd how the best things are always last! So too with our garden visits! I really enjoyed the first two gardens but Kiftsgate Court  Garden     http://www.kiftsgate.co.uk/     was outstanding!  Just too many oohs and aahs  to describe the place you’ll just have to visit yourselves!

2015 may twins garden visit reunion 252

2015 may twins garden visit reunion 273-1

Coming back home to a dreadful few days of wind and rain  my poor garden looked quite tattered. The sun came out today and  after a tidy up  bits of it look  much better and now I’m inspired  by my garden visits to create more borders and plant more flowers !

2015 june cwc garden cats 024-1

2015 june cwc garden cats 028-1

2015 june cwc garden cats 029-1

2015 june cwc garden cats 035-1

2015 june cwc garden cats 021-1Holly and Rufus decided to stay in the house and watch me garden through the window!


%d bloggers like this: