3rd July 2020

“A blossoming romance”
- Tim Longville, Period Living
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“Perfect in every detail”
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- Tania Pascoe, Guardian

3rd July 2020

Welcome

 

The Vegetable Garden is in full swing and we are picking beans, peas beetroot, courgettes, potatoes, chard and salad crops. Strawberries are at the end of their fruiting and we are waiting for the Autumn Bliss Raspberries but gooseberries and red and black currants are filling the gap. The Asparagus is being left to die down and the rose along the wooden frame beside the moat is American Pillar Rose.

The Greenhouse is mainly taken over by tomatoes- we grow Marmande and Roma.

Enjoy the shade of the Dell and the little path through it will take you to a seat overlooking the Medieval Fish Ponds-should you not want to walk around the 5 ponds with the history of the site written up on boards?

The Daffodils are at last dying down and we will be feeding this area in September.

Dierma or Angels Fishing Rods are the tall grass like plants lining the path to the Bog Garden. The tall plant in the centre is Thalia.

Just beyond the Autumn Border there is a little area up some steps where we encouraging the laurels to wrap around the seat and provide a hide away. We have planted some rhododendrons there but it is early days to see if they will survive in our soil.

Walking through the Hemerocallis and Hosta don’t be afraid to pull off the dead Hemerocallis flower heads- another name for them is Day Lillies and the flowers do last only one day.

The West Lawn – particularly the gravel is a riot of colour and enjoy the cool of the Nut Walk tunnel taking you towards the Wild Garden where the Ox Eye Daisies have taken over.

Fingers crossed we still have 7 cygnets and at least 2 visiting Heron and the House Martins are under the eaves of the roof and we have seen Swallows. Please do add to the list in the Coffee shop if you notice any birds we haven’t yet recorded.

 

Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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26th June 2022

Welcome

We have passed the longest day and the lovely warm weather is encouraging the vegetables to put on growth. We are very dry here and apart from the Vegetable Garden and pots, try not to water.

We are picking strawberries, chard ,broad beans, peas and sweet peas, spinach, courgettes, beetroot and salad crops. Do take time to enjoy the Vegetable Garden and the Herb garden within it.

The tomatoes in the Greenhouse are Marmande and Roma.

We have cut down the Iris and catmint and the hope is that the sun will feed the iris rhizomes. The tall plants behind the bed are the blue flowered chicory- Cichorrum pumilum.

The daffodil area has been strimmed and we are waiting for the last daffodils to die down before being mowing.

Thalia is the plant in the centre of the Bog Garden with large leaves.

Hemerocallis and Hosta are both in flower along the stream path and who would be without the lovely little erigeron karvinskianus seeding itself beside the bridge.

Roses everywhere constantly requiring dead heading except the tallest e.g. Wedding Day (putting on a spectacular display growing through the tree across the moat from the West Lawn)  which is far too high to reach!!

Clematis are now taking over from some of the roses on the posts but be warned when planting together choose a not too vigorous clematis or it will overwhelm the star performer!!

 

Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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12th June 2022

Welcome and with a sunny weather forecast for the week ahead we and the plants will enjoy the warmth.

The Vegetable garden is swinging into action and the first potatoes and beans will be picked this week. Salad crops are growing well and we need to replenish with seeds. The Strawberries are cropping well but can do with some sun to sweeten them and the Sweet Peas will need regular picking.

Beyond the Greenhouse the Catmint is Walkers Low and will be cut back this week but should grow back. This will give a better view of the Delphiniums and also get some sun onto the Iris rhizomes.

We are almost ready to cut down daffodil areas but will start with a high strim to lessen the load for the lawnmower!!

The Hosta and Hemerocallis are about to flower lining the path next to the stream and the variegated Iris seen in flower in the `Bog garden is Iris laevigata variegata

The Liriodendron is in flower at the moment- you will find it next to the huge Copper Beech beside the drive. The flowers are green and tulip shaped and you will probably need to get close to see them.

The cabbage type roses have suffered from the heavy rain in the past weeks but the smaller flower heads have fared better and the low spreading (or procumbent) rose by the bridge is Pink Bells.

Don’t miss the small pink buddlea bush in flower at the bottom of the path through the Wild Garden. It is Buddlea Colvillei.

The Swans have returned to the Moat complete with 7 cygnets. We have found a lot of white feathers in the Fish Ponds and suspect there has been a fight and they have brought their brood back for safety.

There is an eel in the Moat at least 3feet in length. You might be able to see it standing on the bridge as the water is reasonably clear. A few weeks ago we found the remains of an eel of similar size on the bank where we believe it had been killed by an Otter.

 

Stay healthy and Good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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5th June 2022

Welcome

Cold and raining but the garden will welcome the drink.!!

Sadly not true of the roses- particularly the beautiful Eden Rose on the Pergola around the Hall whose large double blooms will saturate with water and rot. Fortunately it is a repeat flowering rose.

The vegetable garden will love the drink. There is straw under the strawberries and we will need to keep an eye on them for rotting but all the beans, salad crops and fruit bushes will welcome the water.

Tomatoes are doing well in the Greenhouse where we are growing Marmande and Roma as well as Basil and Peppers.

The Daffodils are being re- invigorated by the water and taking a little longer to die back so we are keeping our wild appearance.

The Bog garden has purple flowering Iris laevigata “Variegata” and yellow Trollius Europaeus in flower at the moment.

Hosta and Hemerocallis lining the path beside the Moat are coming in to flower and creating rivers of colour- the numbers all created by lifting and dividing.

On the walls of the Hall is Albertine on the left and Rambling Rector on the right. The roses beneath Albertine are Rose de Rescht and the clematis is Rouge Cardinal.

Don’t miss the riot of colour in the gravel at the bottom of the West Lawn- largely self seeded and I am still trying to discover how the Jerusalem Sage got there? Whilst on the subject of seeding the lovely little daisy -Erigeron Karvinskianus has seeded itself, not only in the water garden, but also along the path to Moat House.

The wild garden is at its wildest and if you can make it through the undergrowth along the path to the bottom there is a lovely unusual pink Buddlea Colvillei in flower at the moment

At the back of the Hall spotted fly catchers have made their nest in the rose above the WC and the Swans still have 7 cygnets but have moved from the Moat to the Fish Ponds.

 

Happy Gardening and stay healthy.

Lynda Tucker

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29th May 2022

 

Lots to see in the Vegetable Gardens with the climbing beans, peas etc all scrambling up. With the welcome rain the smaller salad crops got their drink but hopefully the straw protected the strawberries and the sun will make them ripen.

 

We grow tomato Maskotko in the milk churns outside:  but Marmande and Tomande in the Greenhouse.

 

In the Dell look up to see the tall white dead tree trunk with a hole where the lesser spotted woodpecker is feeding the young.

Ducks have taken over the swans nest in the Bog garden and the swans have moved to the Fish Ponds. We have just put 40 grass carp into the Moat to eat the weed but sadly numbers get denuded by the daily visit from the `Heron.

 

The beautiful rose on the walls at the front of the Hall is Albertine. Short flowering season but what a stunner. It has a scent but it is the bed of rose de rescht at the base of the wall whose scent will overwhelm you as you cross the bridge.

 

The West lawn is a riot of colour in the beds and the roses seem to be early this year.

 

At the back of the Hall, by the Paeonia, high up in the Rambling Rector is a nest of Spotted fly catchers.

 

We are certainly not going the way of the Chelsea judges “best in show “choice…but you might be forgiven for thinking so having read about our wildlife!!

 

Stay healthy and Good gardening

 

Lynda Tucker

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22nd May 2020

Welcome.

The Vegetable garden is filling out and we are picking the last of the asparagus and rocket. Radishes are going strong and we are still picking rhubarb. The tumbling tomato Maskotka has been planted out into the milk churns. It did very well last year producing masses of small sweet tomatoes.

Tomatoes have been planted out in the Greenhouse–we grow Tomande and Marmande = both large beef steak types with good flavour. Basil is planted in front- keeps off aphids?

The garden is going through its wild stage with Cow parsley hiding the dying daffodils and weeds increasing everywhere as fast as your back is turned.

In the Dell look out for the greater spotted woodpecker which is feeding its chicks in the hole right at the top of the straight tall tree stump near to the gate to the daffodil area .

The swans have moved their cygnets to the Fishponds- hopefully still numbering 7, and a family of Ducks have taken over their old nest. The iris ensata in the Bog Garden are pseudocorus variegata, gamecock and laevigata- seriously depleted since the swans started to pull them up when they were making their nest.

As you cross the bridge the scent you will smell is from rose de rescht- in the low growing bed at the front of the Hall

The plants in the west lawn beds are competing to be the most colourful but the californian poppy with its bright orange flowers in the gravel by the moat would be hard to beat.

The East Lawn shrubbery has Sinocalycanthus raulstonii- hartlage wine and Rubus spectabilis Olympic double- with red flowers both in flower at the moment.

Watch out for the spotted fly catcher which has a nest in the rose above the courtyard WC.

 

Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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15th May 2022

WELCOME

The Vegetable Garden is getting full attention. Asparagus, Chard, Radish, Rocket and Rhubarb are being picked.  Sweet Peas, Sweet Corn and Potatoes planted out, Strawberries, Apples and Currants are all blossoming and the Herb Garden has woken up -although not yet up to speed.

Tomatoes have been planted in the Greenhouse and there are many plants in the cold frames hardening off and waiting for the last frosts before going out.

The Cistus along the path is C. Monspeliensis- an evergreen whose original plants came from Beth Chatto. It has medicinal uses and a skin preparation is made from its bark. All these plants are grown from cuttings – unfortunately the plant appears to suffer from frost damage. The first section was replaced last year and after flowering the older second section will be removed and replanted.

There is a lovely little path winding through the Dell to a seat which overlooks the Medieval Fishponds and the Hebridean sheep. It’s a pretty view and a comfortable seat.

In the Daffodil area Cow Parsley is replacing the dying plants and the garden has taken on a wild appearance as the daffodils die down, but do admire the Laburnum, in full flower at the moment, and you cannot miss the most spectacular Paulownia with its lilac flowers dropping onto the path. For the best view walk past then turn back to look.

7 Cygnets have hatched and the swans take them for walks through the daffodils to the fishponds but their nest is in the Bog garden. They are wild animals and protective of their young so admire from a distance.

Alliums are coming up at the front of the Hall. These were chosen as a deterrent after squirrels dug up 150 tulips from this bed one cold February- squirrels don’t like alliums.

However, cold weather has meant the tulips in the urns on the West Lawn have stood up well for many weeks.

The Deutzia in flower next to the Obelisk Is D. Ningpoensis.

 

The West Lawn borders are bursting with life, roses are in bud, the stage has been set and we are waiting for the warmth from the sun… then the performance will begin.

Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

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7th May 2022

Welcome

 

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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26th April 2022

Welcome to our Garden

We are harvesting rhubarb, chard, and asparagus. The strawberries are in flower but the broccoli has had its day and will be dug up and fed to the sheep.

We are busy hardening off plants from the Greenhouse. Despite the sunshine we have had some very cold winds and no rain for weeks.

Delphiniums are growing fast in the Iris bed and I need to put some more string support in.

The Dell is now a mass of blue white and pink bells. Enjoy the sheltered shady walk through the bulbs,

For the Daffodils time has run out but look out for the Cowslips, and always one of the last daffodils to flower- Binkie- with its white trumpet and yellow petals, one of my favourites.

The wild swans are still sitting on their nest.

On the Moat bank last week was the middle piece of an eel -3 inches wide and 2ft long, head and tail missing. We think the remains of a meal left by an Otter and are concerned for the safety of the cygnets should they hatch. Be cautious around the swans-they are wild.

In the Stream Garden the yellow Erythroniums are looking elegant in the little island bed with the Pom Pom Primula providing an amazing clash of colour. We have E. Pagoda.

The last bed along the path has the lovely red tulip-Pieter de Lieu. Look carefully and you will see at least 7 expertly beheaded by I think a Muntjac ?

Enjoy the Wisteria at the front of the Hall. Planted from a layered cutting taken 20 years ago, it’s looking at its best at the moment.

Don’t miss the lovely tulip Ballade at the back of the Hall by the Loo. It fits so well with the purple Honesty and just look at the growth on those paeonies= and it’s still only April!!

Stay healthy and Good Gardening

Lynda Tucker

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17th April 2022

Happy Easter to all our visitors.

 

The Vegetable Garden has been dug over and plants from the Greenhouse put in. It is more work to plant them out as plugs but we have so much wildlife waiting to feed that for us it is more successful than seed sowing and worth the effort.

The Asparagus is appearing in the bed beside the Moat and we have had our first picking. We are about to take out the sprouting broccoli as that has reached its limit but the rhubarb is still flourishing.

 

In front of the Iris bed Cheals Weeping Cherry is in full blossom.

 

The Dell has now changed from white to blue with the Bluebells taking over from the Snowdrops but there are still some delicate white Anemone Nemorosa in flower in the island bed.

 

A few weeks ago strong winds knocked to the ground the white Narcissus but on Easter Day they have been resurrected and great swathes of them are standing up- never give up on nature!! Some Of the flowers in the Daffodil area have gone over- please feel free to dead head as you walk through- but there are still some to come and this area has flowers for about 4 months of the year. Do look out for the cowslips on the Moat side of the path where they enjoy the damper conditions..

 

The Bog garden is a mass of Caltha Palustris or marsh marigold but I am saddened to see leaves in the Moat where the nesting swans have attacked the lovely water iris we have growing there.

 

The Water Garden is colourful with its primulas- especially the Drum stick with its round head and strong colours.

Look for the lovely yellow erythroniums in the bed beside the ditch, the variety we grow is Pagoda, with its elegant nodding flower heads and large leaves enjoying the moisture in that bed.

 

It is the time of year to see the Wild Garden. Masses of Anemone Blanda, Leucojum and snakes head Fritillaria. We do have the Bees Orchid but as yet I haven’t seen them. Plants mainly self-seed in this area and it is mown just once a year in August.

 

The swans have returned and are sitting on their eggs beside the Bog Garden. Do be careful near them as they are wild animals and ferociously protective of their nest.

There are two geese wandering around the Fishponds, again take care near them.

Many lambs have been born and they are in the Water Meadow next to the Fishpond- the black sheep are Hebridean.

 

Stay healthy and good gardening

Lynda Tucker

 

 

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