August Garden Diary

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Where has the time gone? I cannot believe we are now in August.  The atmosphere has changed in recent weeks and a hint of Autumn has appeared.  Things are busy as always in the garden and we are now turning to annual yew (Taxus baccata) hedge cutting.  At the start this always feels like a […]

Pregnant Petal


This week saw a new friend join the farm when Petal the British Lopp Pig arrived on Wednesday afternoon. Petal has joined Tractor Ted’s Farm at Bowood with some exciting news to share too. She is pregnant expecting a bunch of lovely little piglets in the next few weeks. Petal’s due date is Thursday 28th […]

July Garden Diary

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I am often asked: “when do the gardens look their  best?”  A very difficult question to answer.  The season starts with amazing spring bulbs closely followed by breath taking Whisteria and then on to roses.  We now reach a time when the first early flush of roses are over and sporadic flowering follows.  It is […]

June Garden Diary

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Roses, roses, roses, what a year!! Be it the mild winter, the wet spring, or the recent spell of dry weather the roses are looking the best I have ever seen.  The lower terrace is fantastic, the four central beds are crammed with white ’Iceburg’ and a standard ‘Ann Boleyn’ in the centre. The four […]