18th April 2021

"Paradise regained"
- Stephen Lacey, Beautiful Britain
"Water-encircled harmony"
- Annie Green-Armytage, Landscape
"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
“A blossoming romance”
- Tim Longville, Period Living
“The impressive garden of a 15th century moated house… where old meets new”
- Jackie Bennett, The English Garden
"Secret Garden"
- Uniquely Away Summer
"Amongst 12 of Best Secret Gardens in the UK"
- Tania Pascoe, Guardian
"Dream gardens"
- Widget Finn, Gardens Illustrated

18th April 2021

The vegetable garden is gearing up for its busy time. Sweet Peas were planted in the Greenhouse in October and have now been planted out onto their frame.

Broad Beans were sown in the Greenhouse and have been planted out. This year we have made a second planting of seeds amongst the Beans to get a second later crop- something we haven’t tried before so fingers crossed.

Our onions have been planted -again sown in the greenhouse, and we have interplanted them with beetroot as we are always short of space.

The weather has been very cold and is holding back the Asparagus but we hope to start picking this week.

The Iris bed is interplanted with Delphiniums and has a Catmint front border. The Iris have started to shoot up and we need to finish staking the Delphiniums whilst we can still reach them without damaging the Iris.

The Dell lost a large chestnut tree a year ago and has created this bare central space. Snowdrops and cyclamen flower here and the blue/white/pink bells are just starting to take over.

The daffodils are continuing to give pleasure and there are still some yet to flower. Look for the Cowslips amongst them.

Be careful around the swans in the Bog garden. They are wild and nesting and can be aggressive.

The “laurel walk” just beyond the Autumn Border- it is still work in progress but will become a nice sheltered evergreen spot to escape to.

Do not miss the Wild Garden- daffodils and the giant snowflake are going over but primroses and blue anemones are appearing- and look out for the beautiful snakes head fritillaria- I haven’t seen the white yet -but they are there.


Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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