12th June 2022

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

12th June 2022

Welcome and with a sunny weather forecast for the week ahead we and the plants will enjoy the warmth.

The Vegetable garden is swinging into action and the first potatoes and beans will be picked this week. Salad crops are growing well and we need to replenish with seeds. The Strawberries are cropping well but can do with some sun to sweeten them and the Sweet Peas will need regular picking.

Beyond the Greenhouse the Catmint is Walkers Low and will be cut back this week but should grow back. This will give a better view of the Delphiniums and also get some sun onto the Iris rhizomes.

We are almost ready to cut down daffodil areas but will start with a high strim to lessen the load for the lawnmower!!

The Hosta and Hemerocallis are about to flower lining the path next to the stream and the variegated Iris seen in flower in the `Bog garden is Iris laevigata variegata

The Liriodendron is in flower at the moment- you will find it next to the huge Copper Beech beside the drive. The flowers are green and tulip shaped and you will probably need to get close to see them.

The cabbage type roses have suffered from the heavy rain in the past weeks but the smaller flower heads have fared better and the low spreading (or procumbent) rose by the bridge is Pink Bells.

Don’t miss the small pink buddlea bush in flower at the bottom of the path through the Wild Garden. It is Buddlea Colvillei.

The Swans have returned to the Moat complete with 7 cygnets. We have found a lot of white feathers in the Fish Ponds and suspect there has been a fight and they have brought their brood back for safety.

There is an eel in the Moat at least 3feet in length. You might be able to see it standing on the bridge as the water is reasonably clear. A few weeks ago we found the remains of an eel of similar size on the bank where we believe it had been killed by an Otter.

 

Stay healthy and Good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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