Tag: Kent house and garden

Out and About

The recent heavy rain has seen the river running fast and coloured, washing many of the leaves and branches downstream and eventually out to sea at Sandwich.  We are fortunate to have volunteers from the ‘Our Stour Project’ who monitor the invertebrate life of the river each month. This provides valuable information on the generalFind out more

Archive Gems

We are lucky to have many gems in the archives at Godinton, among them is this Liberty & Co drawing of the alterations Lillie Bruce Ward made to the Gallery in 1925, opening up the west wall and creating a carved screen and gallery onto the Great Hall, giving us the impressive view we see from the GreatFind out more

Stirrings of Spring

As we push on into February, the nights draw out with ever greater strength, and we begin to see stirrings of Spring beginning to emerge with strong urgency. Despite the harsh cold of this month, snowdrops sparkle amongst the garden, adding dashes of shimmering white exuberance to the austerity, alongside the very first dashes of playfulFind out more

Promise of spring

The very welcome signs of spring have been early this year.  Crocuses, snowdrops, hellebores, cyclamen and a few early daffodils have been flowering since January. The garden birds are on the lookout for a mate and singing loudly about it and Buzzards are displaying their flying skills over the park. In the garden we areFind out more

The joys of January

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

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.

Feeling the Heat

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 hadFind out more