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rose garden restoration

I thought that you would like to see what goes on the winter and how money raised from visitors goes straigt back into the gardens. The rose garden is a beautiful part of the Lutyens and Jekyll garden. Cleverly designed so that Mrs Portman and her pals could sit under...

Robinson style

This year we lost a beautiful tree in the shrubbery. It was called Styrax japonicus or japanese snowbell. In the spring it has little white bell shaped flowers that hang down along its branches- stunning tree. I have no idea why it died but it had been slowly...

Tetrapanex papyrifer

In the shrubbery we have some big jungle style plants called Tetrapanex papyrifer- they are used to make ‘rice’paper. They look amazing at the moment – although the frost will soon strike them down. We have never seen them flower so thought...

Gladioli bargains at Hestercombe

COME AND PICK UP AN ABSOLUTE BARGAIN!!!!    We are digging out all of the gladioli that have flowered this summer within the plat. Fill a bag from the shop and give a donation to the charity.  We have Gladioli ‘Ibadan’ (salmon) and Gladioli...

‘My fair lady’ syndrome strikes again!

If you would like a good laugh at my expense then follow the link below to watch the Somerset edition of a BBC programme called ‘A taste of Britain’. It’s a lovely piece about Hestercombe but hilariously I drift between my posh TV voice back to my...