my Solitude garden

My Solitude garden has peaty acidic soil and is near the Atlantic ocean 58 degrees north, I have a large area of ground with over grown grass and moss areas and heather on rocky ground both I am slowly removing, there are some pines that were already here and I have planted many trees around a wide border some have grown well some have not, some were blown away as we get very, very strong winds being so exposed, there are lots of birds some resident and some passing by on migration, I often look for plants that provide food for them or for the insects they eat,

My Solitude garden is where I converse with nature every day and view her beauty on both sides of my fence,

To sit on rocks, to muse o’er flood and fell,
To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene,
Where things that own not man’s dominion dwell,
And mortal foot hath ne’er or rarely been;
To climb the trackless mountain all unseen,
With the wild flock that never needs a fold;
Alone o’er steeps and foaming falls to lean;
This is not solitude, ’tis but to hold
Converse with Nature’s charms, and view her stores unrolled.
the first verse of a poem by Byron


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4 responses to “my Solitude garden

  1. Hi.
    I tend to follow blogs that are about landscape in different parts of the world.
    Interesting that you are just getting rabbits now. Here in New Zealand the imported rabbit plague of 130 years ago drove people from the land. It’s better now but we still have to manage it.
    I have a brief post on rabbits as below.


  2. hello Kerry thanks for the link to your keeping rabbits out post, how dreadful that people were driven out by so many rabbits, I have started putting up chick wire which works but I haven’t got all the way round yet, rabbits have been on the island for years they have been out on the moor and fields for years but only recently invaded gardens in this village (other villages have had problems for years), as there are no real predetors here they are probably grossly over populating, they are not native here on the islands but introduced, the native flora and fauna of the islands is a bit different to the mainland uk, thanks for stopping by, Frances


  3. hello

    I’m not sure I understood where your garden was located ? Country ? City ?
    good luck with the winter preparations !


  4. my garden is country near the ocean in the north, 58 degrees, Frances


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