3rd April 2022

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

3rd April 2022

Welcome back to our garden 2022.

The Vegetable Garden has been dug over and the plants ready to go out but the freezing temperatures have meant keeping them in the Cold Frame a little longer.

We are still picking purple Sprouting Broccoli, Chard, Leeks and Rhubarb.

The Greenhouse is bursting with plants but we will wait until the threat of frosts has passed before hardening them off outside.

Snowdrops have given way to Bluebells in the Dell and look out for the tiny white flowers of Anemone Nemorosa in the central circular bed. I am trying to get this woodland anemone to colonise this area,

Daffodils are looking their splendid best. Sadly the heavy rains and winds have flattened swathes of the white narcissus but the yellow seem more robust and have stood up well. Look out for the cowslips amongst them.

The bright yellow plants in the Bog Garden are Marsh Marigolds or Caltha Palustris, and as their name suggests they thrive in the wet habitat.

The plant climbing the arch in the Bog Garden is Akebia Quinata or Chocolate Vine,  with its delicate little aubergine flowers  and vanilla  scent

Opposite the Autumn Border and under the Yew hedge, are the Pulmonaria which are very happy in this semi shaded position and don’t miss the steps up to the seat surrounded by laurel where you can escape from everyone.

The large white Clematis on the front of the Hall is Armandii. It broke the wires that supported it and had to be cut back but is still a magnificent plant.

Large Fritillaria are in bloom in the West Lawn beds but don’t miss the Wild garden with its snake head fritillaria which are just popping up and the native daffodil-Narcissus Pseudonarcissus which flourishes in this slightly damp area of the garden.

Lambs have been born weeks earlier than usual in the Water Meadow, the wild Swans have built their nest on the Moat and we have 2 Egyptian Geese and 6 Greylag alongside the 2 Geese in the Fishponds.

Take care – these animals are wild and you are encroaching their territory.


Keep Healthy and Good Gardening

Lynda Tucker


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