24th January 2022

"Hidden and Romantic"
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- Tania Pascoe, Guardian
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“A blossoming romance”
- Tim Longville, Period Living
"Dream gardens"
- Widget Finn, Gardens Illustrated
"Paradise regained"
- Stephen Lacey, Beautiful Britain

24th January 2022

The days are lengthening and we are moving towards Spring.

We have been fortunate with cold, but dry, weather and the nut walk has been successfully tied back and the pleached hornbeam pruned.

All roses have now been pruned and I am sharpening the secateurs ready for the Clematis

We have a new project in the dell where the large Chestnut blew down and where the majority of the snowdrops, bluebell and cyclamen grow. There is a lot of ivy growing here and this has been removed from the bulbs and a low fence demarking its area. Ivy is very attractive ground cover- except when it overwhelms other plants, and the low fence will soon be covered by the ivy and we will watch to see that it comes that far but no further!

We are making a path through this area so that it will be possible to walk through the bulbs and up to the seat overlooking the Medieval fishponds. We marked the path and replanted the bulbs coming up there, then went back two weeks later for any late emergers. We are now edging the path, putting down Geotex and covering it with the bark chips from the original chestnut. Sort of bringing it home.

All this in readiness for opening for the NGS on Saturday February 26th when visitors will see the garden “Warts and all” before our opening on 30th March when the daffodils SHOULD be in full swing. Hope to see you then

Stay Healthy and Good Gardening.

Lynda Tucker

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