25th October 2020

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

25th October 2020

Our last week open in 2020

In the vegetable garden we are picking Kale, Leeks, lettuce, squash and Chard. It’s time to put away our hoses and take down bean supports. It’s also time to make the polythene frame we put over the Peach at the back of the Cutting garden to protect it.

The greenhouse still has peppers tomatoes and basil and we need to make space for the Geraniums and Fuchsias that overwinter here.

We have just planted 250 Crocus in the Iris bed to give an early show. The Delphiniums that were cut down after flowering in that bed are repeating so we shall do that again next year.

The Dell has been drastically changed by a very large chestnut blowing down and creating a large open space. This will need a lot of thought and work this winter.

Around the garden you will see large sheets of polythene. These create mini greenhouses where we have sown grass seed and will help it germinate before it gets too cold.

The shrub in the daffodil area whose colours you could warm your hands on is Parrotia Persica- wonderful if you have the space.

Asters come into their own at this time of year in the Autumn Border- so many varieties!

The West Lawn still has masses of colour with the red Bishop of LLanduff and orange David Howard Dahlias and lots of asters and Geranium and fuchsias in the urns.

The birds in the gardens are very vocal but we seem to be missing a cygnet- fingers crossed that it has found a new home.

 

Stay healthy and do come back next year- dates will be on the website

Lynda Tucker

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