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A glorious autumn

The michaelmas daisies are looking spectacular and the trees are turning, so we know it is autumn now, despite the continuing warmth in the walled garden and the continuing production of beans and ripening of raspberries. That means there will be vegetabl ...

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Heave ho!

Our volunteers are not in training for a local tug-of-war competition, but were moving a heavy rock to the stumpery in the Glade! It was a gorgeous day – blue sky and warm from early morning. On arrival I scared off a heron from the Italian garden a ...

Grapes September 2018

Pick of the week

These grapes on a pretty vine were revealed today in the Italian Garden when Jane removed the weeds in front of them. They have obviously enjoyed the long hot and dry summer! Today volunteers fanned out across the Gardens, picking up boughs brought down b ...

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What a glorious day

Today, nineteen volunteers enjoyed getting the Gardens ready for this Sunday’s Apple and Austin Open Day . By the end of the day, the lavender had been bagged and the jam labelled ready for the tombola. The Italian Garden was looking serene in the s ...

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A splash of dahlias

Dahlias need their own collective noun, so how about this one? Through the drought they were pretty, but now they are revived they look splendid in early autumn sunshine – hasn’t Sam done well! We made great strides today in tidying for the Ap ...

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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 squashes are on the march

The pumpkins are escaping their beds and the squashes are climbing walls and many have already ripened in the heat of July/early August. Normally, we would expect squashes to be ready for our September Open Day, but some will be ripe for sale at next week ...

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Now that’s a tongue!

Variously called a Devil’s Tongue, Voodoo Lily, Dragon Lily or more properly Dracunculus Vulgaris, this one is very much at home in the Italian Garden! It is an oddity of a plant because it is pollinated by flies not bees. Its shape has given rise t ...

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Vegetables galore

Each week, Steve seems to plant more vegetables and don’t they look great!! Today, it was runner beans, to add to the maize, leeks, onions, chard, lettuce etc etc. The recent rains have also helped the soft fruit to swell, the fruit trees to put on ...