9th May 2021

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

9th May 2021

Vegetable Garden. We are picking Asparagus, Rhubarb and Sea kale. Other vegetables are hardening off but the weather has been too cold to plant them out. We have started to earth up our potatoes.  This week we hope to be able to remove the frame that has been protecting the Peach on the back wall. In the Cutting Garden in front, the tall apricot flowered plant is Scrophiularia sambicifollia- very pretty but don’t be deceived -it has a nasty smell.

The Iris in the Long Border are beginning to flower. Mauve are the earliest then white seem to take over the whole bed before the more desirable colours appear. Delphiniums have been interplanted and will take over from the Iris

Blue, white and pink bells are covering the Dell and I am pleased that the Cow Parsley is growing well. We have encouraged this and it should cover the dying bulbs.

The Wild swans are still sitting so please don’t get too close.

We have had a Honey Fungus problem in the Water Garden– in the bed by the little gate to the drive. We have dug out infected plants, put in metal barriers, replaced the soil and replanted. The red tulip in flower is Peter de Leur and the Ajuga is waking up and should soon cover the soil under the fungus resistant shrubs.

At the front of the Hall the Wisteria is bursting into life-lots of flower as a result of winter pruning. Look back to see the tulips and don’t miss the dwarf iris in the bed on your right.

The Wild Garden seems to have more bluebells this year. The Quince is in bud but the large old Mulberry is waiting for the weather to warm up

Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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