31st March 2021

"Water-encircled harmony"
- Annie Green-Armytage, Landscape
"Secret Garden"
- Uniquely Away Summer
“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
"Dream gardens"
- Widget Finn, Gardens Illustrated
"Paradise regained"
- Stephen Lacey, Beautiful Britain
"Inspirational gardens from around the world"
- Claire Takacs, Dreamscapes
“Perfect in every detail”
- Leslie Geddes-Brown, Country Life
"Amongst 12 of Best Secret Gardens in the UK"
- Tania Pascoe, Guardian
"Hidden and Romantic"
- Roger Last, Norfolk Gardens

 

Welcome back to the Gardens at Hindringham Hall

Please keep off the grass– not something we usually ask but with many bulbs still emerging keeping to the paths wherever possible would be much appreciated.

We have picked the last of our sprouting broccoli this week and are preparing the ground in the Vegetable Garden for the new crops which we start off in the Greenhouse. The Rhubarb is cropping well and we are replacing the broccoli with strawberry plants – taken from “runners.”from old plants.

We had a huge chestnut blow over in the winds of 2020 and this has transformed the scene in the Dell. It’s always been a magical place -the soil was dug out to make the area between Moat and Fishponds in 1150, and I am trying to preserve its magic without resorting to replicating what was there. It now gets sunlight -which the rest of the Dell doesn’t, and I think the Jaquemontii will work well- but it will take time -so watch this space.

Medieval Fishponds- Our water table is still very high. We have laid some duckboards down but it is very wet underfoot- your choice but a lovely place to visit if you have the footwear.

Daffodils everywhere. In the gardens I have counted 38 different forms of Daffodil– they flower at different times and give us pleasure for about 3 months. Starting with big bold yellow and then so many variations-large cup, small cup, trumpet, single, double split corona etc etc.

Bog Area The wild swans are nesting in the old nests left by our beautiful Black Swans. These were killed by Otter and we have a video of an Otter in the gardens this year when it came to feed from the Moat. Last year white swans successfully raised their cygnets here and as wild birds hopefully have the tools to repel the Otter. Don’t get too close-and take care around them as they are super protective whilst nesting.

Primulas are providing wonderful colour in the water garden at the moment but don’t miss our new “laurel seat” accessed by steps which you pass after the Autumn border.

Clematis Armandii is the huge clematis climbing up the front of the Hall- good scent too.

West Lawn is bursting into growth and the large flowering plants are Fritillaria

A good time to visit the Wild garden which is looking stunning with its daffodils, Leucojum, primroses, scilla, anemone and fritillaria. This area is cut in August but apart from that allowed to do its own thing- soil is damp and site fairly sheltered.

Keep your distances, stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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