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The joys of Spring

Sunshine, flowers, company, a bit of manual work and coffee and cake – the joys of spring for our volunteers! Ruth, Valerie and Maggie got to enjoy it in the Italian garden where the autumn planted tulips are looking great. Others worked on the stum ...

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The waterlilies are back in the pond!

The pond is nearly full again and looked fabulous today in bright sunshine. Terry, Jane and Valerie returned the waterlilies to their planters, while Christine worked on putting back the oxygenator plants to the pond.  Sue will be sourcing a range of marg ...

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Cherry plum jam this year perhaps?

Hopefully a few jars of jam. But it will take some time before this cherry plum tree gives us the 10 bushels of cherry plums that the September 1886 Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardening reported had been picked in a year in our walled Garden! Tha ...

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Undeterred by torrential rain!

There was torrential rain and high winds both before and after this lovely photo of potential new volunteers being shown round the Gardens! When the sun was shining the Gardens looked fabulous – with the honey bees buzzing around the peach blossom; ...

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We are blossoming!

It was a cold, windy day but there were sunny spells when it was warm in the Italian Garden and in other sheltered spots. And the early blossom on the trees shows spring is here! As we are returning more Japanese features to the Gardens, is there a case f ...

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Winter in the gardens

With the thermometer barely reaching three degrees above freezing an incredible 18 volunteers came to the Gardens this Thursday.  There could almost have been a competition for  the greatest  number of layers of clothing everyone was wearing to keep the c ...

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Closed season jobs continue

David has been creating this fabulous chessboard. Meanwhile the transformation of the walled kitchen garden continues. Sam is continuing his herculean task of clearing bracken from the top end, carefully lifting and replanting snowdrops and daffodils as h ...

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Spring cleaning starts….

The sun was shining, there was no further wind damage and the snowdrops were starting to come out, so it felt like early Spring! The moss on the balustrading looks beautiful but can lead to more water damage to the stone, so we have started to remove it. ...

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The final push

The Saturday volunteers have been making progress in clearing the last bit of the walled garden and today Sam and Tom helped too…. digging out brambles and bracken and clearing back to the foundations of the old greenhouses. Heavy work, but at least ...

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So it is done….

The viewing platform at the bottom of the Glade was finished today and was a beautiful, contemplative spot to experience the end of a glorious sunny day. And what were those thoughts? That volunteers, with a wealth of practical skills and teamwork, can to ...