The seasonal changes in the garden are moving on apace now with deciduous trees and shrubs dramatically colouring to beautiful reds, oranges and yellows. Mushrooms and fungi have appeared with the rain and geese have been flying over in long, noisy skeins. You may have noticed that the red colours are particularly strong this year. … Find out more
The mammoth task of cutting the yew hedge is now complete and gables are trimmed to a perfect line. Dee has been cutting for the last month with Rosy acting as lovely assistant, driving the tractor and holding the template in place.
As the temperatures drop the colours in the garden are still providing a warm glow. The borders are full of Asters, Rudbeckias and these fantastic Kniphofia rooperi with their mouth-watering orange drumsticks. In the walled garden the tropical colours of Cannas, Amaranthus and Dahlias are keeping the show going and now that we’ve finally had … Find out more
The deep blue skies and bright light of this Indian summer make everything in the garden a bit more spectacular. Fruit crops have been fantastic – the quince trees loved this long, hot summer and our potato harvest was smaller in numbers but these Cara potatoes were the size of rugby balls!
We’re still enjoying lots of colour in the garden with Asters, Rudbeckias, Sedums and Dahlias but as the temperatures start to drop the warm reds and oranges give us all a bit of a glow. In the Walled Garden the Dahlias and Zinnias are still producing hundreds of buds and giving us the chance to … Find out more
On a sunny day the colours in the garden are still fantastic – the last of the dahlias and rudbeckias and these wonderful hawthorns, ‘Carrierei’, which are laden with berries. The blackbirds will make short work of them when the temperatures drop and the worms head deeper underground. With days getting shorter and the first … Find out more
One of the joys of working in the garden is how aware we are of the changing seasons every day. Signs of autumn appeared a few weeks ago but now that I’ve lit the wood stove in the evening it really feels as though the seasons are turning. We are busy cutting the wild garden … Find out more
The astonishing berries of Clerodendrum trichotomum var fargesii look like something a child has made out of metallic coloured play dough and last well as they are presumably not very appealing to the birds. Our quince and apple harvest has been very good this year and I’m looking forward to trying the Chicken of the … Find out more