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Gardener Blogs: Starting New Flower Beds

Gardener Blogs: Starting New Flower Beds

By Claire Greenslade, Head Gardener Have you ever been scared to start a project in the garden because of the enormity of it? It happens to all of us, especially when deciding on the size of the flower beds. I see so many gardens with skinny flower beds and plants...
Summer in the Wildflower Meadow

Summer in the Wildflower Meadow

By Claire Greenslade “It has been such an extraordinary year in so many ways, even weather wise – spring was so hot that half the plants in the Wildflower Meadow germinated quickly, flowered and went to seed in a flash, and the whole site looked a bit...
An increase of Goldfinches at Hestercombe

An increase of Goldfinches at Hestercombe

Some good news from the gardens: our gardeners Ben and Claire have been noticing that there are many more goldfinches at Hestercombe than usual. And rather incredibly for this people-shy species, one is even nesting in a standard rose on the Victorian Terrace! If you...
How to Manage a Large Garden During a Lockdown

How to Manage a Large Garden During a Lockdown

by Claire Greenslade, Hestercombe’s Head Gardener How do you manage a large garden with a furloughed team and locked down volunteers?! Who knew that this would ever be a question I would have to ask myself. This virus is something that none of us had been able...
Tree’s not a Crowd: National Tree Week

Tree’s not a Crowd: National Tree Week

Naturally, we’re tree mad here at Hestercombe, and as it’s National Tree Week, we want to shout about some of the trees we’re particularly fond of. It’s both the perfect time for planting trees, and celebrating the ones we have. Did you know that our sweet chestnut on...
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...