Putting the Gardens to Bed for the Winter

Putting the Gardens to Bed for the Winter

The arrival of November means our team of gardeners are busy preparing the gardens for the chilly winter months that lie ahead. We’ve been chatting to our Head Gardener Claire to find out what this involves.   1) Digging up the gladioli corms The sight of peach...
What’s Looking Good in the Gardens: The Glorious Great Plat

What’s Looking Good in the Gardens: The Glorious Great Plat

It’s mid-August which means the Formal Garden is blooming and it’s star turn, the Great Plat, has bundles of colour. Looking at the Plat from the Victorian Terrace, the scene is punctuated by cartoon-bright blooms: electric-blue delphiniums, coral and red...
The Great Wallpaper Discovery

The Great Wallpaper Discovery

For some time past very extensive additions and improvements have been made to the house with a view to its occupation by the Hon. Edward Berkeley Portman, Lord Portman’s eldest son . . . No less than 150 men have for some months been employed on the work and they are...
Wonderful Wildflowers

Wonderful Wildflowers

At this time of year our beautiful wildflower meadow is a haze of flowers with the hum of bees and the fluttering of butterflies.  It’s a lovely spot to amble around on a summer’s day. Hay meadows have been part of the Hestercombe estate for centuries. The...
Buzzing About Our New Bees

Buzzing About Our New Bees

We’re welcoming bees into a new home at Hestercombe, with the delivery of six hives for these humble honey makers. Ian Stiby and Rosie Ellis, who are beekeeping partners at Three Bridges Apriary, have brought the new colony to the orchards of Hestercombe so we can...