22nd March 2020

"Dream gardens"
- Widget Finn, Gardens Illustrated
“A blossoming romance”
- Tim Longville, Period Living
"Paradise regained"
- Stephen Lacey, Beautiful Britain
"Secret Garden"
- Uniquely Away Summer
"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
"Hidden and Romantic"
- Roger Last, Norfolk Gardens
"Water-encircled harmony"
- Annie Green-Armytage, Landscape
“Perfect in every detail”
- Leslie Geddes-Brown, Country Life
"Amongst 12 of Best Secret Gardens in the UK"
- Tania Pascoe, Guardian

22nd March 2020

We regret that the gardens will not now open for the foreseeable future.

The National Trust tried opening their gardens last week and found it impossible to police visitor safe distances and their gardens are now closed. Very sadly we must follow suit and will not open on 1st April as we had hoped.

This is a sad time for us all- we had many garden groups already booked and were looking forward to opening the gates but this site has been cultivated since the 12th century, will still be here next year and if we are sensible so will we.

The vegetable garden is producing some lovely rhubarb and the first asparagus tips are poking through. We have covered an area with fleece warming it in preparation for the potato “Charlotte” which has chitted well. Sweet peas are ready to be planted and they are in the cold frame hardening off with onions and my special “Mummies” peas.

Elsewhere the garden is a mass of yellow with thousands of daffodils cheerily nodding in the cold sunshine. Photos are on our Facebook page. The hellebore are still flowering beautifully and their promiscuity has led to quite a range of colours. Talking of colours our early primula have incredibly strong eye catching colours but our lovely common primrose – Primula Vulgaris, is everywhere and one of the surest signs of the arrival of Spring.

Stay healthy and good gardening,
Lynda Tucker.

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