|House entrance in the early morning sun - 17/08/2011.|
|Walled Garden Orchard - 17/08/2011.|
|Summer view of Conservatory - 17/08/2011.|
Illyria returned with a swashbuckling version of Gilbert and Sullivan's much loved comic opera of Pirates of Penzance. The performance on the 14th August, had an audience of 300 and was played out on a sunny evening in the beautiful setting of Wallington courtyard.
Due to my own holidays, I have only been in the Walled Garden for the second half of this month. My jobs have mainly involved general tidying up of the borders and paths. On each of these occasions the Walled Garden has been very busy with a large number of visitors and children. The garden echoed with the sound of children at play, and picnics on the grassed areas seemed to be popular.
As we are moving closer to the Autumn, many varieties of plants have stopped flowering and we are kept busy cutting them back, dead heading and tidying up the borders. It is also noticeable that the trees in the woods are starting to change colour. I have a feeling that we will be starting to clear up fallen leaves around the property, earlier than normal this year!
|Changing Colours - 24/08/2011.|
|After a shower - 24/08/2011.|
|Walled Garden Lower Terrace - 24/08/2011.|
|Summer afternoon Walled garden Conservatory - 25/08/2011.|
|View of Lower Terrace from Mary Pool - 25/08/2011.|
As a single volunteer, my weekly contribution is only a small part of the overall work that is needed to keep this garden in its pristine condition. It is great to hear the positive comments from visitors and be thanked by them for the work that you are doing. I really enjoy my time here and look forward to my weekly visits.