27th April 2020

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

27th April 2020

Still the sunshine continues and as yet no sign of rain.

In the centre of the vegetable garden is the Herb garden. It is on a south facing gentle slope and its sides are marked by two rows of Espalier Apples which are in full bloom at the moment. The box hedges that surround the 4 beds have been given a feed as they are looking a little sad but we will delay cutting until we are sure that the threat of frosts have passed. It is a lovely time in the herb garden and the plants are springing to life. The Globe Artichokes at the back of 2 beds are flourishing and providing a very healthy crop. The silver foliage makes a stunning architectural statement and it is such a good plant to have.  

In the vegetable Garden the first pea plants have been planted along with some lettuce and beetroot. The potatoes are thriving and needing earthing up and watering.

The Dell has become a mass of bluebells and there are pink and white as well. The leaves of the Chestnut are not fully out and beneath them Speedwell, Forget Me Not, Cow Parsley and bright pink Campion are growing.

In the Daffodil area the daffodils are dying rather slowly and this year it will be at least 8 weeks before they have all died down, but Bluebells and Cow parsley are growing between the clumps, also Primroses. Daisy, Dandelion, Forget me Not and lots of Cowslips- it is quite damp towards the Moat. The two Crab Apple Trees are in full flower and this area has now taken on a semi wild feel- such a contrast to two weeks ago.

Before the plants and plantings become the stars there is always this time in our Garden when “nature” takes the stage. There is a stunning carpet of celandine at the back of the Orchard and who could imagine the beauty of the combination of Dandelion, Cow Parsley and forget me Nots along the drive where we are waiting for the aconites to die down, and between the stream and Tennis court there are  forget me nots, celandine and campion happily mixed together. And as the perfect backdrop to the gardens this year we are surrounded by fields of bright yellow rape. …….Who needs to garden?

Stay healthy and good gardening.
Lynda Tucker

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