12th April 2020

“The impressive garden of a 15th century moated house… where old meets new”
- Jackie Bennett, The English Garden
"Paradise regained"
- Stephen Lacey, Beautiful Britain
"Secret Garden"
- Uniquely Away Summer
"Hidden and Romantic"
- Roger Last, Norfolk Gardens
"Inspirational gardens from around the world"
- Claire Takacs, Dreamscapes
“Perfect in every detail”
- Leslie Geddes-Brown, Country Life
"Dream gardens"
- Widget Finn, Gardens Illustrated
"Amongst 12 of Best Secret Gardens in the UK"
- Tania Pascoe, Guardian
"Water-encircled harmony"
- Annie Green-Armytage, Landscape
“A blossoming romance”
- Tim Longville, Period Living

12th April 2020

A lovely warm Easter weekend in Norfolk and as Houseman noted in his poem A Shropshire Lad – “wearing white for Eastertide”; white is the colour for Easter. I counted 15 different white plants in the garden in bloom at the moment and if you would like to see them look on our Facebook page.

The blossom is out on the fruit trees and strawberry and raspberry plants are coming to life. All the frame supports have gone into the Vegetable Garden and Sweet Peas have been planted on some with wire netting to protect them from mice. Peas are in the cold frame hardening off along with beetroot and some lettuce and the Greenhouse is full of vegetables in various stages of development.

The West Lawn has been getting some attention with scarifying and a feed. If the promised rain doesn’t come before tomorrow evening I shall have to water it in !! I am afraid that we are into “boys toys” with a robotic lawn mower now being used for the West lawn. It has had to have wires put into the grass to establish its perimeter and an extra tool bought to cut the area between the guiding wire and the lawn edge.????! My big fear is that it will go stir crazy and mow into the flower beds or (less of a fear} head straight for the Moat. Watch this space.

Stay healthy and good gardening
Lynda Tucker.

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