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Lots Going on in the Veg Garden

Friday, 27 April 2012 13:05 Published in Garden Blog

Lots going on in the Veg Garden

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Thank goodness the potatoes are in, we have planted lots of home Guard and Arran Victory in the walled garden. We also have some Lumper potatoes in too, very important for the Famine Museum.

All of the seedlings are well germinated in the glasshouse if only the weather would warm up a bit it’s fairly cold at the moment so no planting out yet. Great to see our trees in and being well watered. A lady came into the cafe here yesterday and said that she saw two red squirrels in the woodlands always great to hear this.

Growth has slowed down quite a bit recently no need for lawn mowing really. Had a look and I see that the American Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) is settled in well in the woodlands no flower this year, lets just hope its spreading it roots in its new home for many years to come. The Shuttlecock Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) are looking their best at the moment to those upright light green fronds just cannot be outdone.

Colour in the Walled Garden

Friday, 20 April 2012 12:16 Published in Garden Blog

Colour beginning in the Walled Garden

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Even though it is a little cold at the moment some plants in the herbaceous border have begun to flower. Euphorbia grifithii Great Dixter is in full bloom giving big splashes of orange wonderful for this time of year. The almost tropical Tree Peony are in full bloom also, these are exotic plants native to China, where they have been cultivated for thousands of years. The are very hardy and suitable for our climate. When I think that our tree peonys have survived through some extremely cold periods in the last few years I am very impressed. Hope you like the photo. The tree planting is just about complete in the woodlands, we have to put tubes on now to stop the bunnies from feasting. Our potato planting is a little behind this year but it should not matter too much ( I hope). Drills are ready and the first crop going in is Home guard.

Toothworth in Woodlands

Friday, 13 April 2012 12:39 Published in Garden Blog

 

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I am delighted to say that the Toothworth is in flower in the woodlands Toothworth, (Lathraea squamaria), is a parasitic plant that grows on the roots of Hazel, alder and occasionally on beech. It grows in shady conditions and has no chlorophyll. It is one of those great oddities of the woodland floor and really is a plant you should see. It can usually be seen for a couple of weeks in flower then it disappears underground again.

We had a great time in the Walled Gardens for Easter Sunday thanks to all who came along. Still getting frost, so no tender seedlings going out yet. Ground is ready for planting now. Our Tree planting continues and these heavy showers are really no harm for this, the ground was surprisingly dry (but please do think that I am hoping for rain). Staking of the Herbaceous border is next. If you are visiting the woodlands please keep an eye out for toothwort and have a go at the woodland walk trail just ask at the reception in the shop for details.

Frost Again

Friday, 06 April 2012 12:08 Published in Garden Blog

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Frost Again

Well the weather has changed quite a bit since last week and week before. About a fortnight ago we were hitting 20 degrees during the day then this week we were down to 5 to 8 degrees during the day and freezing at night. A little bit of frost damage can be seen in the herbaceous border in particular Macleaya cordata (plume Poppy) is looking sad. I am sure it will recover. Quite a lot of the fruit trees are in flower in particular the plums hopefully this frost won't knock all of the blossom off and prevent pollination. Other than that the weather has not been too bad, not much rain. Tree planting is well under way about 100 oak and beech in now 300 more to go. The woodlands are really greening up at the moment with a lot of trees breaking bud. In the Glasshouses we have really nice little peaches forming and the grape vines have started to come into leaf. The Fig has a great crop of fruit set on it also. Seedlings are up too. A lot of time was spent on the border dividing and trying to get the Asters back in place they really want to take over the whole border. All set for the Family Fun Day and Egg Hunt this Easter Sunday- Puppets, Music, Crafts, Bouncing , Egg Hunt and Chocolate what more could anyone want? Have lovely Easter.

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