It has been a difficult time in the gardens and on our farms this Spring. Temperatures have been lower than usual and an unseasonal period of dry weather was followed by weeks of wet weather making the ground hard to work, and adversely impacting plant growth. But all that changed in the run-in to our charity garden opening last weekend. We saw blue skies, rising temperatures and flowers coming into bloom, and, by the weekend, we were enjoying real Summer warmth and the gardens looked a treat!
The irises, clematis, azaleas, arum lilies, geums, heucheras, aquilegias and lupins looked particularly good in the borders while the stars in the walled garden were the artichokes, autumn-sown onion sets, broad beans, lettuce and shallots.
Thanks to Head Gardener, Fiona’s, expertise and hard work, the gardens looked great on the day and we were very pleased at the number of visitors supporting this charity event. A total of £415 was raised, so a big ‘thank you’ for your generous support to all who attended. And for those who were not able to come on this occasion, we shall be opening again on 26th. and 27th. June when the gardens will be even more spectacular! We shall also be featuring our farm animals on those dates, with 27th. June being “Open Farm Sunday”, and Farm Manager, Rob, will be available to show visitors around and explain our organic farming techniques.
Our gardens are open under the “Yellow Book” National Gardens Scheme which raises funds for health and social care charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Hospice UK as well as the Carers Trust and the Queen’s Nursing Institute and a wide variety of other support projects and charities.