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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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All ready for action

The big pond clean up has started…. the men manned the pump and took care of the fish, while Christine pretty much single handed barrowed away old weed for composting. As I write the pump is still whirring away and we hope that on Saturday we will b ...

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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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More snowdrops revealed!

The new fence at the top of the walled kitchen garden looks so much better than the scrappy red and white “keep out” tape! And the clearance work at the top end of the garden has also revealed how many snowdrops there are in among the rubble o ...

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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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Getting into shape for the new year

We volunteers were all a bit rusty, but looking forward to some fresh air after all those mince pies…so we had a gentle day, enjoying the camaraderie and tranquility of the Gardens. And we got some work done too!  Roger gave the two bay trees in the ...

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Strictly pruning

Pruning beautifully in synch, even without music! A wide range of tasks were completed this week – here are a few of them. The compost bins in the walled kitchen garden were emptied into the new raised beds. Roger trimmed the lavender hedge along th ...

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The black arts of compost

Compost is universally prized in the Gardens, but how to make it is more controversial! Today was the day for turning one bin over into the next, to mix it, and hopefully accelerate it; whilst making space for more in the emptied bin. We are also agreeing ...