26th April 2022

“Perfect in every detail”
- Leslie Geddes-Brown, Country Life
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- Widget Finn, Gardens Illustrated
"Water-encircled harmony"
- Annie Green-Armytage, Landscape
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- Tania Pascoe, Guardian
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"Paradise regained"
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"Secret Garden"
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“The impressive garden of a 15th century moated house… where old meets new”
- Jackie Bennett, The English Garden
“A blossoming romance”
- Tim Longville, Period Living

26th April 2022

Welcome to our Garden

We are harvesting rhubarb, chard, and asparagus. The strawberries are in flower but the broccoli has had its day and will be dug up and fed to the sheep.

We are busy hardening off plants from the Greenhouse. Despite the sunshine we have had some very cold winds and no rain for weeks.

Delphiniums are growing fast in the Iris bed and I need to put some more string support in.

The Dell is now a mass of blue white and pink bells. Enjoy the sheltered shady walk through the bulbs,

For the Daffodils time has run out but look out for the Cowslips, and always one of the last daffodils to flower- Binkie- with its white trumpet and yellow petals, one of my favourites.

The wild swans are still sitting on their nest.

On the Moat bank last week was the middle piece of an eel -3 inches wide and 2ft long, head and tail missing. We think the remains of a meal left by an Otter and are concerned for the safety of the cygnets should they hatch. Be cautious around the swans-they are wild.

In the Stream Garden the yellow Erythroniums are looking elegant in the little island bed with the Pom Pom Primula providing an amazing clash of colour. We have E. Pagoda.

The last bed along the path has the lovely red tulip-Pieter de Lieu. Look carefully and you will see at least 7 expertly beheaded by I think a Muntjac ?

Enjoy the Wisteria at the front of the Hall. Planted from a layered cutting taken 20 years ago, it’s looking at its best at the moment.

Don’t miss the lovely tulip Ballade at the back of the Hall by the Loo. It fits so well with the purple Honesty and just look at the growth on those paeonies= and it’s still only April!!

Stay healthy and Good Gardening

Lynda Tucker

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