23rd August 2020

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

23rd August 2020

We have had the last of the French Bean “Cobra” and now only have the runner bean “White Lady” to pick. Courgettes are still growing well and the Sweet Corn will be taken out this week to allow the squash growing beneath them to see the sun. Salad crops are growing well and raspberries are on the menu again!! Tomatoes are doing well both inside the Greenhouse and outside.

Cyclamen are beginning to appear in the Dell and it will be interesting to see what happens where we have had to remove a very large chestnut which fell after the February storms.

The pretty pink flower in the Bog garden is Chelone and the structural plant in the centre is a Thalia dealbata.

The Autumn border is coming into its season and it is red Persicaria lining the bank. We had some damage from the very high winds and the Hawthorn Tree has been temporarily tied back to prevent it falling and damaging the Yew hedges- opposite the Persicaria.

ALERT- in the uncut grass at the side of the East lawn are Colchicums or Autumn Crocus. The flower tip comes before the leaves and emerging shoots are difficult to see so PLEASE DO NOT WALK THERE but admire from the mown grass.

In the West lawn there is a very pretty shrub called Lespedeza which is just coming into flower. It has long branches of sweet pea -like flowers and is one of my Autumn favourites.

Dahlias and Aster are coming in to flower and it’s a sign that we are moving into Autumn so enjoy while you can.

We have a permanent Heron in the Moat and are seeing a lot of Buzzards and Kites overhead. We seem to have a lot of House Martins at the moment but the Kestrel we think has moved on.


Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker



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