10th April

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10th April

At last we have started planting out in the Vegetable Garden- altho’ the frosts over the last few nights have made me wonder at our wisdom. Broad Beans, Peas and Sweet Peas have been planted grown from the Greenhouse and summer salad seed sown !

We are picking rhubarb but are at the end of the sprouting broccoli and the Asparagus is still hiding. We have laid fleece to warm the ground for the early potatoes which are going in next week.

Bluebells are taking over from the snowdrops in the Dell but do look out for the wonderful white wood anemone – anemone nemorosa-in the circular bed. Such a pretty delicate little flower.

The cold weather has kept the daffodils; there are over 48 varieties and flowering at different times they keep the display for many months- look out for the cowslips growing amongst them by the Moat.

The bright yellow flowers in the Bog Garden are Caltha Palustris or Marsh Marigold.

Lots of colours are now appearing in the Water Garden, and Hellibores have been joined by members of the Primula family. The lovely low growing tulip after you cross the moat is Humilis Persian Pearl and what a little gem it is!!

Don’t miss the Wild Garden with its blue Anemone Blanda, Primroses, Fritillaria- both purple and white, Daffodils, Grape Hyacinth and Leucojum. They love the slightly damp soil. This area gets cut down just once a year in August; otherwise it looks after itself.

The old Iris bed at the back of the Hall has been transformed and the lovely tulip is Ballade which blends well with the wallflower- Bowles Mauve I believe, and these will be followed by Paeonia and Geum. Then eventually the rose, clematis and honeysuckle will transform the bed.

The sheep are happily munching but the lambs are ganging up and we are awaiting their mass escape which happens most years. The Heron are back and the Swans sitting on their eggs. We have a lot of rabbits and a wonderful Dawn chorus to wake up to.

Stay healthy and good gardening.

Lynda Tucker

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