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September 2015 Garden Diary

I cannot believe it is Autumn already, where did the summer go? For the time of year the gardens are surprisingly colourful.  Many of the roses are enjoying a late flush and the borders are full of Dahlias and Asters. My only disappointment are the lawns on the Terraces which are being attacked by Rooks […]

August 2015 Garden Diary

Harvest time and the kitchen garden is producing well, Dave is busy picking for the house and all the excess is being used in the Stable Restaurant. The peaches have cropped particularly well and the apple trees are laden with fruit, however the plums are a little disappointing. The success of the fruit harvest often […]

July 2015 Garden Diary

July 2015 Garden Diary My normal obsession with the weather continues!  If this dry spell carries on we will be spending all our time watering plants, starting with the most recently planted and moving on to anything planted in recent years.  Any light rain can lead to a false sense that that all plants will […]

June 2015 Garden Diary

As always time is flying by, the rhododendron season has come to an end and what a fantastic display they have put on for us! The focus has now turned to the gardens surrounding Bowood House and so far things are looking very well and with great potential. We have had peculiar start to the […]

Rhododendron Woodland Garden 13th May 2015

Am writing this on the 13th May.  It’s the most beautiful day, the warmest so far this month.  It will be all change tomorrow.  The forecast is heavy rain and falling temperatures.  The rain is needed. On average, plants flower for about three weeks.  A week developing, seven days in full bloom, then during the […]

Rhododendron Woodland Garden 7th May 2015

This being my second blog, I am initially taking you along the same route as I did last time, following the walk of the week, with the ultimate objective of reaching the quarry, which is half way along Lady Shelburne’s walk. On entering the garden through the electric fence, there are two plants I would […]

Rhododendron Woodland Garden 28th April 2015

As April comes to an end, another exciting season in our woodland garden unfolds.  Since January, we have had only 6.6” of rain.  Over the same period last year over 20” had fallen.  What a contrast!  This being my first blog of the season, it is worth being reminded how this garden evolved.  To find […]

Operation Pollinator Awards 2015!

It isn’t something that is talked about on a day to day basis, except of course by our head greenkeeper Jaey and his team, however we have some exciting news that sets Bowood golf course apart from the others! We are pleased to announce that Bowood Hotel Spa & Golf Resort was shortlisted as a […]

October Garden Diary

If anybody were to ask when we are least busy in the garden I would have to say October. Having said this, it is often the time when we take holidays which leaves us with a three man team to maintain the garden. Bowood closes to the public in early November and it is at […]