7th June 2020

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- Claire Takacs, Dreamscapes
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- Tim Longville, Period Living
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"Paradise regained"
- Stephen Lacey, Beautiful Britain
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- Widget Finn, Gardens Illustrated
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- Jackie Bennett, The English Garden
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- Tania Pascoe, Guardian
"Water-encircled harmony"
- Annie Green-Armytage, Landscape
"Hidden and Romantic"
- Roger Last, Norfolk Gardens
“Perfect in every detail”
- Leslie Geddes-Brown, Country Life

7th June 2020

We are picking salad crops, potatoes, spinach and artichokes and our first strawberries and courgettes in the Vegetable Garden. With more than enough Sweet Peas and Flowers for the Hall from the Cutting Bed.

Elsewhere, the daffodils still have not completely died down and we have to wait a little longer to mow those areas.

In the Del a huge chestnut blew over in March and because of the Corona we are only now able to get people to cut it up and clear it away. But look at that massive space it has left- I think it’s what’s called a “Challenge” or “opportunity” according to your outlook!!

The water Iris are still looking good in the Bog Garden but the swans have abandoned their nest amongst them and moved with their cygnets to the Fish ponds. Possibly they think it safer there but fortunately for us it will be a while yet before the cygnets are big enough to fly away with them.

June and roses are synonymous and ours are looking so good this year benefitting from all that lovely sunshine. R. Albertine on the walls of the Hall does not repeat, but whilst it is here, it is spectacular. The lovely fragrance as you cross the bridge comes from a bed of rose de rescht but an even headier smell comes from the white jasmine on the corner of the Hall. Brutally cut down two years ago it has responded with a spectacular flourish this year.

In the Wild Garden we are very pleased to find 3 Bees Orchid (marked by bamboo canes) just beyond the Dog kennel. They are not pretty and you probably wouldn’t take much notice of them but they are orchids and they are wild so do take a look.

Stay healthy and good gardening,
Lynda Tucker.

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