30th May 2021

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

30th May 2021

Vegetable Garden- the warm weather is at last getting the vegetables to grow. Asparagus is going strong and we are eating the thinned out radishes.  Note the onions have been interplanted with beetroot which will be pulled up before the onions need that space. The strawberry plants are all last years runners and we are not allowing them to waste their energy flowering this year

In the Herb Garden -the Artichokes are growing strongly and the standards in the central beds are gooseberries and the silver milk churns have pots of tomatoes in them.

At last we are able to move plants out of the Greenhouse ready for our indoor tomato plants

The long Iris bed is now changing from predominantly white to blue and the Delphiniums in that bed are in bud and ready to flower.

Daffodil areas are now taken over by Cow parsley whilst we wait for the foliage to die down.

There is a very high water level in the Bog garden where the water Iris are in bud.

Pink is the dominant colour in the water garden with the lovely Primula on show and Hosta and Hemerocallis line the path beside the Moat.

It’s allium time at the front of the Hall where they were planted to replace the 150 tulips precision dug by squirrel in the very cold winter 3 years ago. They have done rather too well and will require thinning it after flowering.

Please take care on the gravel beside the Moat in the West Lawn- there are a lot of tender plants just emerging

All present and correct for the Swans and their cygnets which have moved to the Fishponds.

We have House Martins nesting at the front and back of the Hall and look out for the great spotted wood peckers nest in the dead white tree stump in the Dell


Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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