Back to work in a dank, gloomy but surprisingly warm January and we’re working off those mince pies and Christmas puddings with a bit of leaf clearing. There is never a month in the garden without flowers and this drunkenly dangling honey bee is enjoying the deliciously scented Lonicera fragrans as much as we are. … Find out more
We all enjoy the sunny days at this time of year – especially the estate’s dog population who all seem to like soaking up a few rays while the rest of us are working. There are more cheery little signs of spring every day – a scattering of daffodils, Iris reticulata, hellebores and the drumming … Find out more
After the Christmas events, the Great Hall underwent conservation cleaning. The barrel vaulted ceiling, installed in the 17th Century by Captain Nicholas Toke complete with gold rosettes, was carefully cleaned of dust and cobwebs. To reach the ceiling, some 25 foot high, a tower scaffold was needed with platforms at mid and high levels from which … Find out more
With the heavy rain that we have experienced over the last few weeks, many of the lower fields of the estate have become very flooded. The footpaths are passable but wellies are strongly recommended!
On the first sunny afternoon of the year the Hamamelis is looking cheerful and smelling fabulous.