Tyas Cottage


Indigo Moon comes to Merrydale

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Indigo-moon at Tyas CottageAn "Activating the Crystalline Light Body" weekend workshop is is happening this bank holiday weekend, mainly in the shared garden (thanks to the sunny weather). For more information go to Sarah-Jane's website

Spring sprung this morning - briefly

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

White narcissi

The white narcissi in the shared garden were planted 30 years ago. They didn't perform too well last year but a dose of wood ash seems to have revived them. The Goldsworthy inspired stone pillar in the centre has aquired a moss cap this winter.


New photographs, taken by Bart Skol

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

pods in shared gardenIt has been fascinating (and humbling) to have had Tyas Cottage photographed by a professional. I highly recommend his services Bart-Skol-Realtor! Not only are the photos technically good, but his fresh and youthful eye appreciated different details to those that I have always considered worthy of note. We'll have to have him back in the summer!

New table made for Tyas Cottage by sculptor, Brian Fell

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Brian Fell tableI absolutely love the above coffee table that Brian Fell has just made for us. The proportions are perfect, the 4 arcs of the metal base are elegantly tapered, yet sufficiently chunky to link with the wood stove, spiral staircase and the metal bracing on the roof truss (which can't be seen in this photo).

Photographing into the sun

Friday, August 14, 2015

Photographing into the sunI haven't truly captured the sparkle of dew, backlit by the morning sun, not even on the Echinops ritro and Verbena bonariensis detail below. Am I asking too much of my Canon Powershot SX220, or is it me? morning sunlit dew detail


Georgian chest of drawersAn 18th century chair and a Georgian chest of drawers in the master bedroomantique mirrorAn antique mirror in the upstairs living roomtwin bedroom detailA detail in the downstairs twin bedroom

sheep in MerrydaleSheep in Merrydale

Apples outside Tyas Cottage>Espaliered 
              apples outside Tyas CottageEspaliered apples outside Tyas Cottage Brian Fell vesselOne of Brian Fell's sculptural vessels that he has allowed us to display in the shared garden. It's amazing how the mauve cow parsley has self sown to such advantage!



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Extraordinary tree climbing roses

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Belvedere Rose Every year it gets bigger! What will we do if it dies? By sheer chance I selected Paul's Himalayan Musk and Rosa Belvedere that were displayed on gantries in the David Austin Roses car park. They follow one another in this garden, giving us at least a month of continuous blooming and seem to astonish guests at Tyas Cottage! This morning's photo (above) is of Rosa Belvedere.

Bog Primulas and Iris

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Brian Fell VesselThe bog garden has needed very little work over the years. Weeds pull out so easily, but are mostly smothered by the more desirable plants. These bog irises and primulas have come up every year for at least 25 years, but were recently joined by one of the Brian Fell vessels.

My sister imported lots of tree paeonies directly from China and the photo below is the first to flower. It's Chinese name translates to Paeonia rockii "Dark Print". What a joy! Just one flower this year but next year??? Tree Paeony This flower is about 200mm dia


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