May 30th 2013 Planting Dahlias

30 05 2013


As it is almost June, Richard planted out the dahlias in the walled garden. The report on this spring says it has been one of the coldest on record and the plants certainly seem to have noticed!

May 26th 2013 The End of Arts week

30 05 2013

May 26th 2013 The End of Arts week

The garden has really blossomed this week as the sculpture has settled in and the spring flowering shrubs like viburnum and deutzia have started to open. Now we have to hand it on to the buyers!

May 25th 2013 A brilliantly sunny day today

25 05 2013






A great day in the garden with loads of visitors on the art trail to see sculpture and textiles. Selling well!

May 25th 2013

24 05 2013

May 25th 2013

And then the dark skies came again making huge contrast between the light and the dark.

May 25th 2013 Sun at the end of a dreadful day

24 05 2013

May 25th 2013 Sun at the end of a dreadful day

How cold can it actually be at the end of May in England? Well today it was 6 degrees C some of the day and the howling wind and rain made it seem colder! But then as you can see, the sun came out and all was beautiful again.

May 23rd A little rain today

24 05 2013

May 23rd A little rain today

May 22nd 2013 Enjoying the sun while it shines!

22 05 2013

The sun has shone and everyone has enjoyed the garden much more even though it was cold! I had my boots and winter coat on….









May 20th 2013 Arts Weeks starts

22 05 2013







May 19th 2013 end of the NGS opening weekend

19 05 2013

May 19th 2013 end of the NGS opening weekend

First NGS opening is a great success

19 05 2013

First NGS opening is a great success

Brilliant 2 days opening for the NGS for the first time. Yesterday was good but today the sun has shone, and there have been lots of people enjoying the garden (not to mention tea and cake!) I took this photo at the end of the day when all was tranquil again.

May 17th 2013 Now we need a little sun though we will settle for dull if it means no rain!

17 05 2013




Just a taste of what you will see in the garden.

May 13th 2013 Sun, hail, rain, hail, rain….repeat as appropriate

13 05 2013




I’ve been trying to garden today but it has rained and hailed so much that several times I have had to run for cover! The tulips aren’t quite sure what is happening but these rather elegant dark Paul Scherer seem to be standing tall despite everything the weather can throw at them. The honeysuckle has enjoyed the drink and the good news is that I don’t need to do any watering !

May 11th 2013 Cherry Blossom wherever you look!

12 05 2013






May 5th 2013

5 05 2013



The Adirondack chairs look good – if only we had time to sit down in them! Still it’s been a beautiful weekend so far with the sun really encoraging the trees to open as you can see with the copper beeches. And the clouds look great reflected in the pond as the water lilies start to spread their leaves across the centre. I hadn’t seen any frogspawn but today there are lots of tiny tadpoles swimming around so there must have been some somewhere!

May 3rd 2013 The end of another sunny day

3 05 2013

May 3rd 2013  The end of another sunny day

I love the combination of the acid yellow and the blue flowers under the acer

May 3rd 2013 Forget-me-knot

3 05 2013

May 3rd 2013 Forget-me-knot

The forget me knots are not supposed to be here but it’s hard not to love the look under the acer.