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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Views around the grounds and Walled Garden - 14/03/2012.

The weather has remained dry and warm over the last week. Work around the grounds and Walled Garden is gathering pace and this very popular national Trust property is being prepared for Spring and beyond into the gardening year. The Walled Garden has seen the snowdrops come and go and now we are waiting for the bulk of the daffodils to come into flower.

Around the Walled Garden and Grounds, there are small splashes of colour to be seen. There was a small number of visitors today even though the House is open. The decorative stone urns have had their protection against frost removed and we put out four benches - two beside the Mary Pool and two on the Upper Terrace opposite the Conservatory and Peach Houses.

After this we had the job of cutting down a virburnum shrub near to Goldfish Pond. It filled a number of wheelbarrows but ended up on the fire. The wind blown leaves were removed and the ground forked over. Another small job completed but it will provide another area of interest for the visitors when replanting takes place.

The sun came out during the afternoon and we finished off the day by helping the gardeners on the border on the south side of the House, the work being undertaken to prepare the ground for the red, white and blue planting which will celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.

The following photographs were taken before I started work this morning:

Daffodils yet to flower in the Courtyard.

Daffodils yet to flower in East Wood.

China Pond in East Wood.

Moss covered branch in East Wood.

Garden Pond.

Upper Terrace in the Walled Garden.

View of Lower Terrace beside the Mary Pool.

Upper Terrace beside the Conservatory.

Looking back towards the Walled Garden entrance.

Upper Terrace.

The 'Hot Border'.

Virburnum in the Plum Border.

Orchard and Nuttery.

Willow in the Orchard and Nuttery.

Goldfish Pond.




Lichen on a tree in the Plum Border.

Virburnum in the Plum Border.

Lower Terrace of the Walled Garden.

Spring colour.

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