11th April 2021

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- Claire Takacs, Dreamscapes
"Amongst 12 of Best Secret Gardens in the UK"
- Tania Pascoe, Guardian

11th April 2021

We have planted the chitted potatoes in the Vegetable Garden and the Asparagus has just started to appear. Onions have been planted and in the cold frame we are hardening off Beetroot, Peas and Broad Beans ready to plant out.

Bluebells are starting to appear in the Dell and everywhere in the garden the spring blossom is just about to burst out.

Very strong winds and freezing sleet has taken a toll on the Daffodils but they have stood up well. If you would like to remove the dead heads of the daffodils along the path (don’t venture off the path as there are still bulbs emerging) take the dead head in thumb and forefinger and pinch. This will stop the daffodil from wasting its energy into making seeds. Just drop the flower head on the ground. We still have some of the later Daffodils in bud and cowslips etc are flowering between the plants so please tread carefully.

The Bog Garden is a riot of yellow with the Caltha Palustris and Ranunculus. The white swans are nesting at the end of the bog- they are wild animals so keep your distance.

A lot of colour from the Primula in the Water Garden with different varieties still to come and some Hellibore are still in flower.

The large Clematis at the front of the Hall is Armandii and enjoy the Magnolia which is in full flower in the East lawn shrubbery.

To the east side of the Hall is a bed not often noticed but it has mainly citrus coloured plants. At the moment the orange fritillaria is in flower and behind that the yellow flowers of the Mahonia. Soon the philadelphus coronarius “aureas” will have its yellow leaves which eventually turn green. Next there is another Mahonia but this has already flowered and next to that the wonderful Euphorbia Wulfeni, grown from seed, with their striking chartreuse coloured flowerheads. Alchemilla Mollis will soon cover this bed and by then the shrubs will be green and the lovely Clematis Montana and Rose Evangeline will flower on the back wall.

 

Stay healthy and good gardening

 

Lynda Tucker

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