7th May 2022

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

7th May 2022



If you look behind you the Orchard is full of blossom with the path winding through the grass with Tulips, Camassia and Alliums. Most visitors miss this, but at this time of year worth a visit- perhaps on your way back to your car?

Vegetable Garden is coming to life. We are still picking Chard, Rhubarb, Leeks and Asparagus but Peas and Broad Beans have been sown and strawberries are in flower.

Walking along the Iris bed beyond the Greenhouse you will see the scented white Iris but don’t be fooled – there are many more colours to follow.  We are endeavouring to have them in colour bands but they will not co-operate!

The Dell is looking magical at the moment with the Bluebells taking over from the snowdrops and here and in the Daffodil area we are encouraging Cow Parsley to seed and cover the bulbs as we allow them to die down gracefully.

The Paulownia is coming into flower with its freesia type flowers-look back as you pass it in the Daffodil area.

The Swans are very active on their nest. Sadly they have started pulling up my lovely water iris but we should still have enough for a good display taking over from the bright yellow water buttercups (Caltha palustris).

Be careful near the swans- best to keep your distance.

Wonderful Pom Pom Primula and Erythroniums  in the Water Garden. This shaded area comes to life at this time of year with its brightly coloured Primula.

The Hosta are pushing their way up as are the Hemerocallis on the other side of the path.

The bright red tulip is Pieter de Leur and the ground cover is Ajuga- good contrast to the yellow leaves of the Philadelphus?

The Wisteria along the front of the Hall is benefitting from a good prune in January- good when efforts are rewarded!!

I am loving the tulips in the urn -a good colour combination from a well advertised Kent lady gardener.

You will just catch the Tulips (Ballade) at the back of the Hall and the purple Honesty sets them off so well. These tulips are in their second year. With the Paeonies in bud and the pink lily of the valley about to open I think we are back to full- on mode in the garden.! Enjoy.


Stay Healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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