About thegardenimpressionists - Julian and Fiona Wormald

Julian and Fiona Wormald met and married whilst at Cambridge University. Shortly after qualifying we established our own veterinary practice in Bristol which we ran for over 20 years before relocating to West Wales. We have restored our derelict longhouse home and created a garden, over the last 19 years which we now open for charity, by appointment, for the N.G.S. About 3 years ago we started "The Garden Impressionists" to reflect our current ideas. Our principal gardening influences over the years have been the gardens and writings of Claude Monet, Beth Chatto, Joy Larkom and William Robinson. Incorporating some of their ideas and philosophy into our own garden, alongside our own ideas of what is important for this location and climate, has kept us physically and mentally challenged as the garden has developed.

Early Arrivals and Departure Times; Starry Days; Not Weeds and Insects.

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This week the valley roared, the birch bowed… the daisies danced …and the lashed larch littered mossy paths with twiggy lichened debris.  Storm Ophelia’s much heralded arrival lived up to expectations. Potentially movable detritus was tidied, travel plans for Monday … Continue reading

September’s Song: Orange and Black – Hibernating and Recycling

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The garden mourns… So begins the poem written by Hermann Hesse, in translation, which you can read in full below, and which was chosen by Richard Strauss, right at the end of his life, to form the basis of one … Continue reading

Pitching, Rolling, Yawing and Probing – Humming Buddlejas, and Ripping Badgers

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It seems a long time ago, but we did briefly achieve our annual Welsh fifteen moment in the garden this year, when more than fifteen butterflies, of the usual 3 suspect species – Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock had … Continue reading

Toil, Aerial Conflict, and a Garden Walk.

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Another month of significant physical effort here, in part influenced by a late season request to look round the garden by a small recce group for a possible party flying in from over the pond. Sometime next year. Perhaps. We’ve … Continue reading

National Meadows Day; Sowing Beauty or Tainted Love; Buttercups, Pizzas and Seasonal Invertebrates.

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The first of July seems a long time ago. Hay has been cut. Twice. A shed has been built… Seeds have been shed – pale stem straws shimmering…  Or catapulted, crisp, hairy and augured… Rain has fallen, at times heavily. Miraculously, … Continue reading

Elysium: Power, Money and Four English Gardens; Birthday Bash and Books.

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A threshold crossed this month. A number to blame for the stamina reduction, typed letter reversing, and creaky joints.  An excuse. Or an opportunity? Changed perspectives threaten. The slippery slope beckons beyond the summit. Or will it be more of … Continue reading

June Jewels; Summer Spate; Crocus Clubs and Cuckoo Spit

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Life has exploded this June. It probably happens every June, but maybe weather conditions have concentrated the process this year. And when I say life I really mean the invertebrates which share our garden and meadows. I get used to … Continue reading

Waves, Meadowfoam and Blowing in the Wind; Colonial Plants and Control.

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Waves have gripped me over the last fortnight. Made me stand and gaze. And wonder. Not those which batter our nearby coasts, crashing on rocky cliffs, or transporting drifting fleets of jelly fish, as seen recently near Cwmtydu.But those that … Continue reading

Branded; Rooting Down and Linking In; May and Montanas; and a Little Shared Limelight.

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Frost. Sun. Wind. Fire. RAIN. The elemental forces which have played out over the beginning of May and shaped our outside work, and the garden’s feel. Never mind the gardeners’ state of mind. Following on from the very dry April, … Continue reading

Why Do We Do It? Nature Calls; A Cornish Garden Party; Specialist Nurseries.

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I’ve been pondering the issue of why we garden of late. Why do we do it? A simple five words which interestingly brought to mind for both of us a clearly remembered song from decades ago – though I’d mistakenly … Continue reading

As Good as it Gets, and Good Timing; Daffodils; Dippers in the Valley Of Flowers.

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A day after the novelty of waking with the bedroom suffused with golden light, I hit the keys under grey gloom first thing. Lowering mists, a full rain gauge, and the still cold saturated ground, struggling to recover from yesterday’s … Continue reading

Cometh the Hour; Visitors and Visits; Pond Life and Death

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As February lurches violently beyond dangerous Doris (storm number four of this year’s named sequence) and onwards towards St. David’s day, there have been two recent fleeting occasions when the sun has shone and the temperatures risen. And in our … Continue reading

Rushed Out, Snowed Under, Hedged In, Hunting On.

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A rushed post, between the flipping weather patterns from dry sunny and cold, to wet, mild grey. The nocturnal serenading Tawnies mimic my angst. To Do, To Do, To Do … But daily seasonal reminders of the natural world springing back … Continue reading

New Year, New Week, New Buzz

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The first week of January. What a week for being outside! Pardon? Yes, really. Although no spectacular sunrises and the weather has oscillated, as usual, from minus 8 frosts with feathered, blue-from-cold, greenhouse windows, and the first ice spike of … Continue reading

Hornets, Wagtails and Wrens; Silver Linings and Seasonal Snowdrops

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Our resilience planning had a pre Christmas test, when at the height of our flu, we suffered quite a long power outage. Having basked in the warm glow from our wood pellet stove, and the novelty of automated central heating … Continue reading

Red, Green, Gold, Black, and Whiteness – Christmas Colours? Seasonal Shearing, Silk Snipping and Seamstressing; Knockout

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We’d had the expected call earlier in the week, so everything was organised for the Saturday. A necessary advent calendar event, impinging on the usual pre-Christmas rush, such as exists even in these rural parts. Doors opened and closed. A … Continue reading

Bits and Pieces; Word of Mouth; Head In the Clouds

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Starting to write this on the last day of November, after a freezing night, as the thin clouds glow neon pink towards the Black Mountain. Sennybridge made the national weather news at 7.00 am with minus 9.4 degrees C. On … Continue reading

Abscission – Cutting Loose, Breaking Free.

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A definition. In the early C17th, a century before the masons raised the mauve rubblestone walls of St.Edith’s, a wordsmith merged the Latin Ab (off) with Scindere (to cut), to create abscindere, or abscissio, and thence today’s abscission. An action noun meaning … Continue reading

Psychadelia, Fall, Liberty and Spaced Out Badgers? Welsh Wizardry Wonder

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Struggling for a title. Even a word to get me going. I hit on psychedelic. And a journey of discovery begins. Isn’t that what’s meant to happen?  (All the images accompanying this post are from the garden in the last … Continue reading

Meadowed Out and Good Hair Days; Kapoored Constructions – Anished Arachnids.

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At last a rain soaked scene keeps me indoors and tempts me to the relief of the keyboard. The rakes hang stiff on the old smithy wall. The pitchforks lean straight, tip toed on sharp pronged steel, and achy muscles … Continue reading

Flipping Hydrangeas; Battling Bumbles and Jewelled Wasps; and Bonus Butterflies.

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A fortnight for personal, novel observations. So what’s new – there’s always something different to spot without leaving the home plot. We grew few Hydrangeas before we moved to Gelli Uchaf, though we did bring with us a cutting of … Continue reading

Sensational Sunday – Sunny Monday; Anniversary Ants; and The Fastest Moving Plant in The West.

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Sensational Sunday completely passed us by in a blur of forks and rakes. For the fifth and last time this year, I opened the back door to the smell of half dried hay this week. A wonderful scent to be … Continue reading

National Meadows Day; Well, Wells, Wales; Big Bag Bottle Bank Update, and Gelli Uchaf Plant Palettes (Late June, Early July)

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Never mind “What a Week!” (My previous post). What a fortnight! However I shall ignore the May supershuffle, Wales’ eventual glorious departure from Euro 2016, Corbyn’s challengers, Farrarge’s farewell, Murray’s Wimbledon, the Nice atrocity, and Turkish coup, since I’m completely … Continue reading

What A Week!

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What a week! Or perhaps 10 days. The personal, everyday, seasonal. Interwoven with unique moments of (inter)national and historic gravitas, prompts this very brief post’s personal jottings, before the memories fade. _____________ A Rural View Sheep shorn. Votes Cast. Counting … Continue reading

Moments In Time and Birthday Bonuses ; Gelli Plant Palette (2); Hay Meadow Sightings.

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Well over 20 years ago we needed to chat with Dad about a longstanding family issue, and since my birthday was approaching, arranged to meet him in the gardens of Sheldon Manor, outside Chippenham. At that time the garden was … Continue reading

Sunshine and Surprise Visitors; Gelli’s Plant Palette – the First Dozen

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A fabulous week of warm sunny weather here has straddled the passage from spring to summer, May to June. Quite different to the 43 mm of rain in 24 hours with which last June began,  or indeed the torrential rain … Continue reading

Looking Up; Beyond Maturity; The Power of Green; and Giverny Revisited.

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Do you know what this tree is? And they’re pink leaves, not blossom. Answer later. We didn’t, but spied it from afar to the right of the main entrance as we were leaving the Parc de Florale in Paris. This … Continue reading

Early Birds, Show Stoppers and Painting The Garden

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Picture the scene. You’ll have to, since the camera was inside as I turned from filling the watering can and spotted a robin perched on the highest point of the rusty chair’s back. Fluffing herself up (and you’ll see why … Continue reading

Fertility and Frostkist; Historic Snowdrop Hunt, Vertigo and The Charge of The Light Brigade.

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Fiona often reminds me of the danger of using the word “never” when referring to natural events. No sooner had I written that I’d never seen bumblebees visit snowdrop flowers in our garden, than I spotted one determined to prove me … Continue reading

West is Best; Chomped Crocus and Pollen Tube Survival; Nocturnal Photography and a Lucky Escape.

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West is Best. Three words we always relish on the National weather forecasts. Relief assured. Sunrises with distant dense cloud banks smothering the Eastern, and Southern horizon hills. And overhead the blue, blue skies of home.  The weather has picked up, the … Continue reading

Birthday Memories: the Vanity of the Long Distance Blogger.

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Firstly, the answer to the question posed in my last post, is that 1284 litres of water fell on every square metre of our garden from November 2nd to February 9th, (when our garden was filmed for BBC2 Gardener’s World) in … Continue reading

Visitations: Tarka On Stage, Imogen and Typhoon TV, and a Funny Valentine.

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A week of turmoil here. Highs, highs and more highs, and then, down to earth with a bump. Nearly literally. Thanks to Dave’s very kind loan of his Bushnell HD trail camera (and spare tripod) designed to capture passing wildlife, … Continue reading

Ice Spike Revisited; and the Historic Welsh Snowdrop Hunt.

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After the excitement, for me, and the interest from readers in the ice spike featured in my previous post, I thought I’d write a little more about these unusual natural phenomena. Ice spikes, or my earlier ice vase (below) from … Continue reading

Ice and Snow and Fireflies; Garden Opening 2016

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At last. After a nearby West Welsh village, Eglwyswrw, had featured in the National Media as it closed in on the 90 year old UK record for the longest continual run of days with some rainfall recorded (held by the … Continue reading

Smashed and Topped; Clearing Up; Abandonment and Signs of Life

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2016 begins with some pretty impressive new records. Maximum rainfall levels across many areas of the UK have been smashed, not just broken, and any readers in the UK will no doubt have followed the flood devastation images, (if they … Continue reading

Warm, Wet, Grey, Green, White, Black.

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Hello friend(s). I’ve missed you. The curiously addictive challenge of chronicling the everyday, off the beaten track. So after nearly a month’s absence, I can briefly gaze again upon a few years’ scribblings and photos before returning to purdur. And … Continue reading

The Stars of the Show; and Under Pressure

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Who were the real stars of last Thursday? The wonderful enthusiasm and communication skills of our speaker? The gorgeous late autumnal light? Our massed Persicaria vaccinifolia and Saxifrage fortunei? No, on reflection, I’ve come to the conclusion that whilst all … Continue reading

Here comes the Sun; Breaking Waves; A Whole Life

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Recurring themes are the lot of this plodding blogger, who tries to make sense of the goings on in the world around him, as events crash in to disturb the daily routines of life. And so amidst another run of … Continue reading

Memories revisited; a is for Abbot’s; o is for Oak and g is for Gos.

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Just under 40 years ago. No texts, or mobiles. So a handwritten note shoved in my pigeon hole. Please call in at the Porter’s Lodge. I’d been finding my feet towards the end of my first term at University, and … Continue reading

Whether or Wither the Weather; Coiling, Uncoiling, Sucking and Leverage.

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July and August 2015 will be remembered as very poor summer months in this part of the world, with some rain on the majority of days, generally low light levels, cool temperatures and very few still days. But we had … Continue reading

Surprise Arrival; Designs and St.David’s; Betony, Valerian and the Pied Piper

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Like much of the UK, this part of West Wales had a July of huge extremes – the hottest day of the year at the start of the month, then a steady decline to one of the coldest July nights … Continue reading

Timing and Name Changes; Longevity Hill and Pelotons; and Hair Pencils, Love Dust and Sex Brands.

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Here’s a number sequence. 1.5,0,1.5,0,6.5,16,11,2,0,4,8,3,8,8,0,4, 0.5,5,0,3,1 What does it signify? Well simply the daily rainfall totals in mm for July so far. Nothing too dramatic, and whilst there’s relief that watering is no longer needed for outside vegetable growth, which … Continue reading

Butterfly Bonanza – Jizz, Flibutting, and Etymology; Growing Tomatoes Organically – Update; Roast Apricots with Amaretti, Vanilla, Lemon and Brandy.

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Recurring themes. Seasonality of thoughts and observation run though a blog like this with inevitable reassuring familiarity. But there are always novelties and new discoveries. Searching for a post I knew I’d written on ‘entomolgical explosions’, I discovered it was … Continue reading

Events, Events, Events:- Wales Wildflower Day; Jane’s Open Garden Party; and Noel Kingsbury Workshop at Gelli Uchaf Garden

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A rare plug on the blog for 3 special events. Firstly a brief mention that next Sunday, June 28th, at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (NBGW), the third annual Wales Wildflower day will be hosted. By way of a sneak … Continue reading

Of Hawks and Hobbits; Borderline Gardens and Bedroom Firetails.

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The day began with a flash. A brown flash. Or should that be a streak? (Word selection has suddenly become much more important…). I’d nipped back to pick up the metal watering can outside the back door, when a fair … Continue reading

Bye, Bye, Bees. Cuckoos and Camassias. Squashing and Pumpkins.

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How big is a bee’s brain? Clearly much smaller than my ‘pea-brained’ derogatory insult sometimes hurled at siblings in the battles of teenage youth. Although it seems from quite recent archaeological discoveries that one of our ancestor primates (Aegyptopithecus zeuxis) from … Continue reading

Bottle Bank Recycled; Why Do I Do it? Spring Song Symphony – with Warbler.

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Sublime songs have serenaded us over the last 10 days, whenever we’ve ventured into the lower parts of the garden. Initially I’d thought it was a swallow, without paying it too much attention, and then realised that the mellifluous, clear … Continue reading