shield bug May 2019

Bugs, animals and flowers

The Gardens are blooming and looking fabulous; perfect for  Sunday’s Open Day, when we celebrate the nature in our Gardens. This shield bug was enjoying the sunshine on a rose leaf; the bumble bees were out in force, particularly enjoying the rosema ...

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Euphorbia rules ok!

The Italian garden has gone green – the euphorbia and solomon seal have grown huge now it has rained! Set against the green are splashes of colour from helianthemum, irises, alliums, roses and osteospermum; and the lupins are coming. Sue got her wad ...

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Looking beautiful

Come and see for yourself – the weather is set fair! For this Sunday’s Open Day the snowdrops are perfect; we have lots of snowdrops in the green ready and our beautiful snowdrop mugs and vases for sale; and of course Carolyn has stocked up on ...

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Cuttings galore

It’s the time of year for taking cuttings and we’ve stopped counting the number that Roy has managed – lavenders for refreshing or replacing the lavender borders, rosemary for the dividers between the herb garden sections and penstemon f ...

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The last picking of mulberries

And some reached the bowl too! We have had a really good crop this year, perhaps due to the hot weather, so there will be jam and jelly on the tombola stall this September. The early heavy rains after the drought brought down a stem of the trunk, probably ...

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Bugs in the Gardens

We are counting our bugs…come and help us on our Open Day, Sunday 24 June, when we will have help on hand to identify them. This one, on fungi on a tree in the Glade, stumped us … it appears to be eating the fungi. Local expert, Jono Forgham, reckon ...

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Ready for the agile and not so agile

The agility ring is in place for visiting dogs for this Sunday’s Fun day for Dogs; the weather is all set fair so there are no muddy paths; the Rock Choir are no doubt as well-rehearsed as ever; and Carolyn is ready with the bacon, cakes and other c ...

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Ready for the Ramblers

Over 300 people came to the Gardens on Saturday 14 April to take part in the Helen Rollason Rural Ramble! The sun shone, the trees were bursting into leaf and the birds were singing and the ramblers set off on routes of 10 or 4 miles on the lanes and path ...

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New trees for the Glade

February is a time for tree-planting: so we have been planting flowering cherries and an acer near the rill that we think was part of Peto’s Japanese gardens. A golden rain tree is waiting its turn to be planted to replace one lost a while ago. Febr ...