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 […]

September Garden Diary

For anybody that follows this blog they may think I am obsessed with the weather!  This is quite possible as it affects everything that happens throughout the garden.  We are an official recorder of rainfall for the met office and send off our results monthly.  The September entry, up to last Thursday, was nil and […]

Piglets are here!

It was a long wait but they are finally here! We are so thrilled and excited to announce that Petal has delivered seven perfect piglets! The bundles of joy arrived late on 4th September and were born in Tractor Ted’s Farm. Our Head Farmer Charley arrived early the following morning to find Petal had successfully […]

August Garden Diary

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 […]