26th July 2020

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

26th July 2020

The Senneccio in front of the Greenhouse has got very leggy and been given a hard prune after it finished flowering. We shall bulk up the plants with some grown from cuttings and the intention is to cover the bank and eliminate daylight to thwart any weeds.

The blue flowers growing on the bank above the Iris bed are Cichorium Pumilu a member of the Chicory family.

Past the Bog garden and towards the Autumn border you will see some yellow fruits on the ground, these are Mirabelle- a member of the Bullace plum family. We use them to make a lovely jam similar to marmalade. Be careful of wasps but you are welcome to pick one off the ground.

Beside the Porch at the front of the Hall is a Magnolia Grandiflora with its large wax like flowers and beneath it and in the corners are pink Criniums.

The rose on the side wall is Leverkusen- it hasn’t been dead headed as it’s difficult to reach but look at all those repeat flowers!!!  What more could you ask?

In the West Lawn the white poppy like flower by the Urn is a Romneya and the Passion flower on the back wall was grown from a single seed.

Above the WC is the nest of a Spotted Flycatcher- it sits on the wall and catches the insects coming to feed off the Honeysuckle.

There is a Raptor with young in a nest in the Yew Tree at the bottom of the Wild Garden- possibly a Sparrow Hawk- if you know different please tell us.

 

Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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