What's Looking Good

Colour in the gloom

Colour in the gloom

In these long grey days it is important to keep one's spirits up. You must take pleasure where you can in these dreary December days of lockdown. My spirits lift when I see the brave bright yellow of the winter jasmine (jasmine nudiflorum). It has no scent unlike its...

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The snowdrop season begins

The snowdrop season begins

Despite the recent snow and dreadful rainy weather (more than an inch already) our snowdrops are emerging. We have had Peter Gatehouse and Donald Sims in flower for several weeks but I really think of them as autumn snowdrops. Now the first of the real early snowdrops...

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Brilliant Berries

Brilliant Berries

Not all is gloom in the garden even now in dank November. The berries and fruit are especially wonderful this year, perhaps because of last year's mild winter which allowed more pollinating insects to survive. Cratageus prunifolia was spectacular though now past its...

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Lavender

Lavender

The lavender is looking superb! it is absolutely humming with bees both honey bees and bumbles. The weather has been perfect for it with little splashes of rain and lovely warm sunshine in between.The garden will be open this coming Sunday 19th July and Monday 20th...

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The garden is open

The garden is open

Now that the lockdown has been relaxed we have decided to allow people to visit the garden though they will of course need to observe the safety rules. We will open for the NGS on 19th and 20th July 12.0 - 5.0 and anyone who wishes to come then should go to the NGS...

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New sculpture

New sculpture

Very exciting! Our pond has been transformed by a beautiful water sculpture by Giles Rayner in the shape of a star. He has called it Sirius. It is to my mind perfect. A gentle cascade of water flows from each point of the star which is just what we wanted. Movement...

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Hints of spring

Hints of spring

A few precious sunny days and the garden comes to life. Crocus tomasinianus, the first hellebores, a few cyclamen coum and a gorgeous clump of dark purple iris reticulata Pauline. Now the dank cloudy weather has closed in again but we still have these flowers hinting...

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Our view in winter

Our view in winter

Our view of the Kentish Weald looks wonderful at any time of year but perhaps especially so in winter. We have not had many frosts this winter but I managed to catch this image from the bedroom window by getting up early one morning.

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