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Our lovely relic

The Periploca graeca (silk vine) is our relic from Peto’s enormous treillage pergolas across the croquet lawn. It is covered in these lovely small purple flowers, which then turn into oversized silk lined seed pods. It is in a lovely shady spot, so ...

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It’s iris season

The irises are standing proud at the side of the lilypond – unfortunately, though, we are not yet winning the battle against the algae, so the waterlilies don’t look quite as beautiful as they should! The yellow flags in the stumpery, blue iri ...

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The wonder of alliums

This week volunteers worked really hard to ready the Gardens for the Open Day this Sunday, 22 June. Weeding to allow the alliums to get star billing. Also looking lovely are the last tulips, the first roses and the helianthemum borders in the Italian gard ...

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It’s raining gold

The laburnum walk is looking spectacular – confusingly there are two different trees that are sometimes called Golden Rain trees. The Gardens also had the other one, the Koelreuteria paniculata, or Pride of India, but it was lost and the replacement ...

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It is bluebell season!

The current seasonal joy is bluebells – we have them in the Glade and these white bluebells in the bed near the entry! The Gardens are greening up every day now, with the leaves on the acers the definite winners for colour and the walnuts the most s ...

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What a year for tulips

The daffodils are withering early this year in the hot dry April weather, but the tulips are thriving, bringing fantastic splashes of colour to the Italian garden. In the Glade there are cowslips all over the place, orchids are coming up in the grass and ...

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Beautiful buds

Have you ever noticed that buds are as beautiful as the leaves or flowers that follow? This week volunteers got a few jobs done before the winds grew stronger and the Gardens had to be closed. We have lost trees already this year and cannot leave voluntee ...

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After the blizzard, the sun shone!

Unexpectedly today the sun was warm for volunteers and visitors who found sheltered spots in the Italian Garden and the walled kitchen garden. The daffodils were looking a bit sorry for themselves, flattened by the wind, but they usually bounce back. And ...

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Daffodils everywhere!

It was another gorgeous Thursday for volunteers and visitors – sunny and warm. So, we managed to finish most of the season’s tree planting, including a new Taxodium distichum (marsh cypress) in a boggy area at the bottom of the Glade, as well ...

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What a glorious day

We were delighted to be joined today by 11 new volunteers. They were treated to a gorgeous sunny and warm day, of pruning and weed clearance from the lilypond in the Italian garden and sowing of carrots, beetroot and herbs in the walled kitchen garden, as ...

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Woodchips galore

The one good thing about storms is that the fallen trees generate plenty of woodchips to spread to soak up the puddles. That’s OK for the car park, but it doesn’t help with the waterlogged grass of the croquet lawn and the Glade, so with huge ...