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Gardens and nature in the landscape of the Grwyne Fawr This day out centres on the picturesque and peaceful upper Grwyne Fawr valley which is deep in the heart of the Black Mountains, running parallel to the Llanthony valley but often over-looked.  A hidden gem. This itinerary suggests 3 options for the morning followed by a visit to Nant-y-bedd Garden in the afternoon.  The options allow for weather, levels of fitness and seasonal interest.  This… Read More

Why did you choose to garden here?  Well, it wasn’t quite like that. Sue came here with her late husband (also called Ian) when he was posted here by the Forestry Commission. In those days the house came with the job and most forestry workers lived where they worked. 1200 feet up a Welsh mountain isn’t probably the obvious choice for developing a garden! How long have you been here?  Sue came… Read More

Continuing our series of short videos so that you can see a little bit of what you might have seen if we were able to open. After we purchased the woodland and riverbank, we cleared years of fallen branches, matted with groves of bramble, all along the bank. Without any planting, we now have a few rapidly growing patches of bluebells, establishing themselves with glee in the shade of the hazels.  The… Read More

Continuing our current video posts (or should that be vlogs?), here’s a little snippet of one part of our river, before and after Storm Dennis. We’ll be continuing to vlog this and other aspects of the garden over the next months, so you can see the best of the garden from your armchair.  For example, just along the bank from here will be carpeted in bluebells in May, and we wouldn’t want… Read More

The hot weather at the start of the summer has definitely had a big effect on many of our crops.  Without going into the usual veggies, spuds onions beans, beans, beans ….   we have had maybe our best ever returns from a number of different sources. Let’s start with the less well known.  The Sichuan Peppercorn tree has yielded six spice jars worth of dried peppercorns, three times more than the… Read More

We were very lucky last week to have a wonderful documentary film-maker staying with us. By some sort of serendipity she phoned us looking for somewhere to stay in the area whilst she did some film editing and looked at a property she was interested in.  So we offered her the use of the garden room in return for making a short video for us. Sophie Windsor Clive, for that is her… Read More

No, that’s not a spelling mistake in the title.  We’re talking here about beech trees in the dingle, not lovely sandy stretches in the Bahamas. The big snow of just before Christmas, knocked quite a few branches off trees, particularly some of the conifers in the garden, but nothing too catastrophic.  It was only when I went up to clear the pond pipe and check the hydro intake, that I saw it…. Read More

August Bank Holiday and too busy to compose a blog – harvesting produce, trimming hedges, weeding paths, and enjoying the long-awaited sunshine and our visitors.  Lots of lovely enthusiastic comments in our visitors’ book so they are obviously enjoying the garden too.  Here’s just one from 2 visitors (thanks Pam and Chris) yesterday: ‘Absolutely enchanting.  What a special place.” Here are some photos of the garden today to whet your appetite if… Read More

Regular readers will remember a recent blog wondering whether we had found the Bedd (grave) which gives the house and stream its name.  Well, it appears we probably hadn’t. By chance, last week I received an e-mail from a colleague on the Brecon Beacons Local Access Forum.  He just happens to work (at the moment) for the Clwyd-Powys Archeological Trust, so I pinged a reply and asked if he could see if… Read More

After the tremendous storm in November last year which washed away the central part of ‘Daffydd’s Wall’, we have finally got around to having it rebuilt, by Bruce Rogers. But that’s not what this is really about. With the new wall came the opportunity to re-align the fence above it, by the maple and walnut trees. On the weekend, I pulled out the old fence which was erected by Sue’s Dad about… Read More