Head Gardener, Adam Carveth writes:
“The Gardens team have been working incredibly hard with their battles with our weather recently being up and down (more up now it seems which is great) or with the endless battle with certain pests such as the rabbits and of course now being open 7 days a week through summer, we have had a lot to do to make sure it is at its best. Our main enemy has been the odd rabbit in our formal rose garden, they just nibble the new growth which is not so good for some of our roses trying to recover from fungal issues. But we have been using our garlic spray with the hope that this may just do enough to get the roses through and ruin the taste for the rabbits who were hoping for a tasty supper!
Our choisya ternata bushes have had a drastic hair-cut this summer, straight after flowering to allow them time to recover slightly before the winter. They had grown so large you almost had to battle your way through to our Raj exhibition. I guess it helped to create an that Indian jungle experience though. We also have some new shrubs planted in the garden that I should mention. We have 11 new inkaro Rhododendrons in the wilderness (lime tolerant), a Swedish cut leaf birch in the garden and we now have an Atlas cedar tree taking its place in the park very soon thanks to a kind donation.
The Kitchen Garden has started to really look great, Matt (Assistant Head Gardener) has been getting it all organised and staggering the harvest so we just don’t get everything at once, so less waste which is a bonus, and it’s a real working kitchen garden. As of this moment Matt and Karin (Gardener) are pricking seedlings of salad out ready for the next batch to go in the ground. On a recent discovery Matt has mentioned to me we once had four large glasshouses and we grew a fair few pineapples and melons here, many years ago now mind, funny how times were.
The Blue Garden has looked awesome this year, so much blue colour/shades spilling out from the beds which I am hoping many people will get to see. But to keep this looking great Karin has been in there giving some TLC to certain areas in hope we get a second flush from flowers such as the Nepeta or the Geranium, but the cardoons are just about to burst into flower.
And so since my last blog, we have a new gardener in the name of Adam (two Adams now) who has been here there and everywhere in the gardens, so it is great to have him on board with us here.
So if you have not visited us then please do as it is the perfect time, it is a great garden, one with a lot of colour, interesting shrubs/trees, history and of course us gardeners to speak to.