25th April 2021

"Amongst 12 of Best Secret Gardens in the UK"
- Tania Pascoe, Guardian
"Paradise regained"
- Stephen Lacey, Beautiful Britain
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- Roger Last, Norfolk Gardens
“A blossoming romance”
- Tim Longville, Period Living
"Water-encircled harmony"
- Annie Green-Armytage, Landscape
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- Leslie Geddes-Brown, Country Life
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- Claire Takacs, Dreamscapes
"Secret Garden"
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“The impressive garden of a 15th century moated house… where old meets new”
- Jackie Bennett, The English Garden

25th April 2021

The Vegetable Garden is filling up and we are picking Asparagus Rhubarb and Sea Kale

The pretty tree in flower beyond the greenhouse is Cheals Weeping Cherry (kiku-shidare-zakura)I which is an ornamental cherry whose weeping branches are covered in double pink blooms.

The bare centre in the Dell been planted with Chamomile and we have used bark chip to prevent weeds in the outer circle where we will plant in the Autumn. It seems like a good year for Bluebells which are now flowering- not only in the Dell, but in flower beds as well!

There is still quite a lot to see in the Daffodil area. We have 48 varieties of daffodils and they flower from February to May and there are some varieties still to flower.

In the Water Garden the pretty little yellow moisture loving plants are Erythronium Pagoda and the Drumstick Primula are flowering in shades of lilac magenta and mauve.

Along the path beside the Moat the Hosta are just peeping up and on the other side are the Hemerocallis.

On your left you will see the wild white swan incubating her eggs – please try not to disturb her

At the front of the Hall the wisteria is just about to flower and the Allium are ready to flower. This rose bed had been planted with tulips but about 2 years ago, in the winter, a squirrel precision drilled down and removed all 120. Squirrels don’t like alliums but the alliums have almost taken over this bed so after flowering they will be dug up and some removed

In the Wild Garden our native daffodils have been flowering since mid-march and they have now finished, but the fritillaria, anemone and primrose are in flower.

In the East facing courtyard the lovely tulip Ballade is in flower and the Paeonia and lily of the Valley are just appearing. Honeysuckle, Clematis and the rose Zepherin Drouhin are planted on the wall behind. So far Ballade has escaped the attention of wildlife.

 

Stay healthy and Good gardening        Lynda Tucker

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