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Pruning and collapsed culverts

January is when we start much of the pruning in the Formal Gardens. This week we have started pruning the vines and the Magnolia that grow against the walls. The Magnolia is grown to provide a green leafy covering for the tall walls such as those by the South Walk and...

Winter flowers

Happy new year! The new year has brought with it some beautiful flowers to brighten up the gloomy days. The following can all be found near the path as you walk through the Shrubbery:   Above: Hamamelis commonly known as witch hazel has these spidery yellow...

From frosty mornings to flooding

The weather has been against us for the last couple of weeks and it can sometimes be difficult to find suitable jobs to do in the garden. When it is frosty, we avoid walking on the grass. This is because the frozen cells in each blade of grass get crushed by the...

Preparing for winter

Over the last couple of weeks the weather has been wet and wild! The gardens and car park especially have suffered from flooding and water damage meaning that all the gardeners have been busy cleaning up! In the Formal Gardens we have been lifting the cannas from the...

New gardening blog!

With autumn in full swing now we are certainly finding plenty to do in the gardens! Apart from the seemingly never ending task of leaf blowing and raking we have been chopping back all the Mexican daisies that grow in the walls. This reveals the beautiful stone work...