29th August 2021

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29th August 2021

Welcome to the gardens.

It is with a heavy heart that I say you will not be seeing the swans. They arrived in February, made their nest in the old nest left by the black swans, hatched their eggs and had 8 fine cygnets. They alternated between the Fishpond and the Moat and the cygnets were almost ready to fly. On Monday 16th August we saw an Otter in the garden. It had a collar and a small barrel attached to the collar. The swans were last seen on 17th August and we have found the body of one of the cygnets. There is the hope that they have moved elsewhere but our black swans were found dead with shredded legs after a previous encounter with otter.

In the garden- the French and runner beans are doing well. We are picking courgette, chard, beetroot and some salad crops but we are leaving some crops for the seed.

Cyclamen are appearing in the Dell and the garden is still work in progress after a huge chestnut tree blew over and left a huge space.

The Bog garden is full of colour with the pink Chelone, spires of Lythrum Salicaria and Thalia Dealbata in the centre with its large leaves.

The Autumn Border needs some sun (don’t we all?)  but the asters are ready to step up. Persicaria lining the bank by the compost area are ready to hibernate.

Hydrangeas are happy in these conditions in the stream garden and along the drive- all grown from cuttings.

The West Lawn gardens have Dahlia and Anemone in flower, in the gravel the Verbena Bonariensis and the Geraniums that we cut down after flowering are reappearing.

The Wild garden has had its only cut of the year and the 3 trees are Katsura (grown for their autumn colour and smell) Mulberry and Quince.

 

Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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