4th July 2021

"Inspirational gardens from around the world"
- Claire Takacs, Dreamscapes
“Perfect in every detail”
- Leslie Geddes-Brown, Country Life
“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
"Paradise regained"
- Stephen Lacey, Beautiful Britain
"Water-encircled harmony"
- Annie Green-Armytage, Landscape
"Secret Garden"
- Uniquely Away Summer
"Dream gardens"
- Widget Finn, Gardens Illustrated

4th July 2021

The Vegetable Garden is gearing up and we are picking peas, broad beans, kale, beetroot. potatoes and rocket.  The sweet peas need picking twice a week and the red rose on the pergola is American Pillar

The rose growing on the wall along the path going up to the Potting shed is Phyllis Bide – a heritage rose variety.

The Catmint at the front of the Iris bed is still full of bees but we are starting to cut it down along with the Iris- we can then see the Delphiniums and the Iris rhizomes will get the sun.

We have two roses growing through the Ginkgo trees- Keith Maughan and the yellow rose Mermaid

The recent rain has delayed the cutting of the Daffodil areas but this is hidden from the West Lawn by the shrubbery of mainly aubergine and yellow plants. Water levels are still high in the bog garden, some iris are still in flower and look out for the green zantedeschia amongst the white lining the bog edge. The tall yellow primroses are primula Florindae.

Hemerocallis and Hosta line the path in the stream garden and as you cross the bridge the rose in front on the Hall walls is Albertine- an old rose that sadly doesn’t repeat flower. Enjoy it whilst you can. On the wall on your left is Penny Lane which is a very pretty modern repeat flowering rose.

As you walk through the gateway into the West Lawn look forward across the moat where you will see the r. Wedding Day climbing through the maple tree- what a sight!

On the Pergolas the roses are mainly planted with clematis as this extends their season of interest

The swans have returned from the Fishponds to the moat but sadly they have lost one. They are wild birds and the parents are very protective so admire but keep your distance

Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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