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 23 years, which we now occasionally open for charity, by appointment, for the N.G.S. About 7 years ago we started "The Garden Impressionists" to reflect our current ideas. Our principal gardening influences over the years have included 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.

Ageing a Meadow; Hay Samples; Manual Scything Course


This gallery contains 7 photos.

I recall a fellow meadow owner once telling me about a technique for ageing a meadow by counting buttercups. At last this week I managed to track down the research, originally carried out in 2009 by John Warren at Aberystwyth … Continue reading

Reports of Recent Events


This gallery contains 17 photos.

Many thanks to Andrew Martin, the CMG chaiman, for the following report on several events he’s been to recently… July 1st was National Meadows Day.  A laudable idea, but one that inevitably requires decisions on which of the events being … Continue reading

More Events of Interest…


This gallery contains 4 photos.

A reminder about Deborah’s butterfly identification course: And also thanks to Kate for passing this on …___________________ Thanks for reading, and remember I’m always happy to receive any suitable articles or photos to include as blog posts. Please send them to … Continue reading

Cwmdu Walk; National Meadows Day; Upcoming Events


This gallery contains 32 photos.

Last week a group of CMG members braved the hottest day of the year to walk a circular loop on public footpaths through several lovely meadows just outside the village of Cwmdu. One of the interesting aspects of the walk … Continue reading

Rapid Assessment Surveys For Meadows; More about Dormice in the County.


This gallery contains 12 photos.

Many thanks to Andrew, for this report on what sounds like a brilliant day’s course at Denmark farm last week: Rapid Assessment: a Survey Method for Monitoring Meadows This was a one-day course run by Plantlife at Denmark Farm, near … Continue reading

Dormice and Harvest Mice in Carmarthenshire? Recent Meadow Sightings.


This gallery contains 21 photos.

Many thanks to CMG member Lynne Sharpe for the following piece, and for my near neighbour, smallholder and amazing photographer Dave Bevan for very kindly supplying some of his fabulous photos of small mammals to illustrate this post. Despite a … Continue reading

CMG Visit to the Waun Las reserve at the NBGW


This gallery contains 26 photos.

The first meadow visit of the year last Saturday was a huge success and enjoyed by the group of CMG members who were guided around some of the meadows at the National Botanic Gardens by Bruce, Richard and Rebecca. The … Continue reading

Butterfly Identification Course; Yellow Rattle Interactions with Meadow Plants


Many thanks to Dr. Deborah Sazer for organising the following event : The Butterflies of Carmarthenshire Learn how to identify butterflies and their food plants, and how to manage their habitats. Indoor morning presentation, and afternoon butterfly walk with Dr … Continue reading

Upcoming Events


This gallery contains 4 photos.

There are a lot more events readers might be interested in attending, coming up in the next few weeks, and a reminder too of the fast approaching walk for CMG members at the meadows of the National Botanic Gardens on Saturday … Continue reading

Rush Control – Weed Wiper Hire Scheme; Sycamore Seedlings and Toxicity to Horses; Bumblebee Events.


This gallery contains 8 photos.

Very many thanks to Andrew who sent in the following piece on  a very useful scheme, potentially available to many meadow owners, who currently have soft rush infestations on their land… Everyone who was at the Pumsaint meeting on the … Continue reading