9th August 2020

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

9th August 2020

Vegetables are growing well. The penultimate row of beans at the top of this path are Mummies peas and are being allowed to go to seed for our next year’s crop.

Wild life in the grounds today- Azure, Common Blue, Blue tailed, Red eyed, small red eyed DAMSEL FLIES have been spotted as well Emperor, Common Darted and Ruddy Darter DRAGON FLY. The grey Heron is a permanent fixture and there is a Spotted Fly Catcher’s nest above the WC and the young have hatched. A Kestrel and its young have a nest in the Yew Tree at the bottom of the Wild garden. The Cygnets are getting quite large now and soon will be leaving.

The blanket weed on the Moat is dying back and should have cleared in a few weeks.

In the Bog garden the large leafed plant is a Thalia Dealbata and we also have deep red Lobelia Cardinalis in flower.

The Hostas and Hemerocallis along the path are being dead headed and the spiky red flowers en masse in the bank in the Water Garden are Persicaria.

The white waxy flowered plant up against the front of the Hall is Magnolia Grandiflora and the pink spikes are Crinium.

In the West Lawn the white poppy-like flowers at the bottom of the West Lawn are Romneya and we have the lovely white Agapanthus in flower as well as two shades of the blue.

The Californian poppies (Eschscholzia) are still performing well in the gravel and have been flowering for many weeks.

The four large pots have Oleander in them and these are overwintered in the Coffee Shop but are happy outside in the

Summer months.

Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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