Gardeners’ Blog – an informal account and images of the garden past and present

FREE Bulb Lasagne Demo

This week I’m planting a bulb lasagne pots for the spring gardens. I’ll be doing demos at 10am Thursday 21st , & 11am Saturday. If you’d like to ‘have a go’ at planting a pot yourself you’ll need to book a place – no charge just the cost of the materials; pot, compost, bulbs etc […]

Inspiration Time

Most gardens look good throughout the summer months but if yours is looking a bit tired come along anytime now until mid October to get inspiration and ideas on how to  extend the colour and interest. 

Its ‘Hug a Tree Time’

We all love to see clusters of berries and fruits on trees and shrubs this month and the Cercis tree in the Cottage garden is giving off the delicious  aroma of burnt toffee – our first sign of autumn. There are still plenty of late flowering perennials and ornamental grasses attracting the bees and butterflies […]

September Special for Season Ticket Holders

Bring friend(s) to visit the gardens on your ticket for free in September ( Show your Keyring = Entry for Four ) 

Hortic Students

We have a vacancy for a Hortic. Dip. or RHS Volunteer who needs to complete their practical hours. We will give you training & work experience in garden maintenance,  plant production etc  in return for a few hours work a week during the holidays. Contact Christine 07778447920

Bee & Butterfly Garden is at its best

Butterflies love Buddlias

Timely Tips for July

SHRUBS & FRUIT Prune Box & Topiary from now until mid August. Prune summer growth of Wisteria to within 5 buds of the main stem. Keep on deadheading flowering shrubs such as repeat flowering roses to keep them producing new buds & flowers. Summer prune overlong shoots on trained fruit trees like espaliers to 4 […]

July Pics

Wildflower Meadow 3rd JulyRodgersia Bed 3rd July

July images

The Slate Garden in July

Plums; To thin or not to thin?

This year has been a really good year for plums, too good in fact, if you  leave plums hanging like grapes they’ll get too heavy and branches will break under the weight.Then they use their energy to form stones etc on lots of small fruits. Best practice is to thin out the fruits & it […]

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