rhododendron 1 May 2020

A beautiful invasive species!

The Rhododendrons are flowering prolifically in the Japanese garden under development. Our volunteers are progressively cutting them back into shape, so not letting them be the menace they can be when left untended. In large parts of the UK they have take ...

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Into the pink

Pink roses, lupins and campion are adding to the range of colours in the Italian garden, as well as orange helianthemums and purple alliums. They contrast beautifully with the fresh greens of the euphorbia and the trees and the silver of the yukka, phlomi ...

laburnam April 2020

The stunning laburnam walk

The laburnum walk is looking fabulous, with cow parsley wafting along the edge of the path. These are common laburnums. Unfortunately the Gardens’ county champion Laburnam Alpinum, which used to tower over the archive building, fell last year – ...

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Our first rose of the year

The Countess of Warwick loved her roses. She planted a roserie at Stone Hall, her hideaway cottage the other side of her estate, and each rose had a Tudor rose shaped label, with a relevant quote from a poem. An 1886 magazine article says that at Easton L ...

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New leaves

Spring is really evident now, with the euphorbia looking lovely, the perennials coming up and the lavender greening. Fortunately the weeds are not yet rampant and our local Trustees are looking after the Gardens well. The daffodils throughout the Gardens ...

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Planting and weeding continues!

Volunteers worked across the Gardens, at a distance, getting lots of planting and weeding done. The new yews to replace the diseased yew hedge, were healed in and will be planted when the soil has dried out further. Lovely to see the daffodils and blossom ...

daffs March 2020

The joy of spring

Gardening, with fresh air and beauty, is the best tonic and we all loved it yesterday. The sun shone; daffodils were coming out all over the gardens; fruit trees in the walled kitchen garden were blossoming (the cherry plum and the peaches/nectarines); le ...

March 2020

Still laughing despite the weather!

We must all be mad, gardening on a cold, wet, early March day. But we got a lot done, putting new plants into all corners of the Gardens! Sam is bringing structure and more year-round interest by adding Miscanthus Sinensis at the back of the dahlia border ...

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Our national champion

Never mind the snow and the very wet Garden, our Easton Countess is on her way to becoming a national champion! The Tree Register keep a database of trees, which due to their height or girth are county or national champions. As the Easton Countess apple t ...

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What gorgeous sunshine!

It was spring-like this week, but final clearance in the top end of the walled kitchen garden is still hard-going, with bracken, brambles, nettles and dogwood to dig up as well as bricks to remove! Preparation of the dahlia border and raised beds was much ...

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We’re getting ready

well, nearly ready, for the snowdrop open days on 16 and 23 February. Spring cleaning of Daisy’s will be the last job on the list, but we are crossing off the rest: this week, painting the viewing platform at the bottom of the glade, next week finis ...