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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Views around the Grounds and Walled Garden - 25/04/2012

Today the weather forecast was for high winds and heavy rain later in the afternoon. We were very lucky to have all of the day outside working on East Lawn and beside the Courtyard. Our job on East Lawn was beside the Griffin Heads, cutting down a shrub. After lunch it was working beside the Builder's Yard tiying up the borders on each side of the approach road to the courtyard. We had to weed the borders and cut back the ferns.

At odd times during the day there were some strong gusts of wind and a few drops of rain. It was good to be able to spend all of the day outside. The recent rain has taken its toll on the grass in the Courtyard and the St. Georges's Day activities at the weekend has not helped. Some of the events planned in the next few weeks will have to be held in other grassed areas around the property.

The poor weather forecast  has put off a lot of people from visiting Wallington today. I only saw two visitors this morning and not many more this afternoon.

Pictures taken before I started work this morning:

Clock Tower and Courtyard.
Wallington Hall from West Lawn.
Garden Shrub.
Lower Terrace of Walled Garden.
Mary Pool.
Mary Pool.
Looking towards the Upper Terrace Conservatory.
Lower Terrace.
Beside the Railway Border.
Cut Flower Border.
Blue and Yellow Border.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Views around the Walled Garden and Grounds - 18/04/2012

A dry start to the day, but a weather forecast of rain later. Wallington was a lot quieter today after the Easter weekend activities. There were a few visitors to the Walled Garden early morning and it was to become quieter when the rain came just before lunch. The job for today was to edge the lawns on the Lower Terrace strating off with the railway Border and moving towards the Mary Pool.

The rain became heavier in the late afternoon and I had to don my waterproofs. It was a scramble to get all of the edging completed, I managed to get it finished just as the prolonged heavy rain started. .

The Walled Garden is bursting into colour and new areas are being planted for this year. New visitors to Wallington are surprised at this five acre formal garden. Regular visitors comment on the changes that they see between their visits. Spring is a great time in the Garden, but in the next two months it will really come into its own and our work will continue.

The following photographs were taken before I started work and during the day:

Wallington Walled Garden.

House entrance.
Border beside the Courtyard gate.
Garden Pond.
View of Pale Border and Upper Terrace.
Lower Terrace.

Railway Border on the Lower Terrace.
Cut Flower Border.
Primroses in the Plum Border.
Virburnum in the Plum Border.
Upper  Terrace beside the Hot Border and Conservatory.
Gate to Upper Terrace from the Blue and Yellow Border.
Lower Terrace.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

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Views around the Grounds and Walled Garden - 03/04/2012

The sunshine and high temperatures have gone and the weather forecast was predicting snow to come south from Scotland and would reach the North East around lunchtime. The sky was grey and it began to rain as I reached Wallington. It has been a few weeks since I needed my waterproofs. As usual on my way to to the Walled Garden, I was on the lookout for any picture opportunity.

It was not raining too much to keep me inside this morning, I finished off the edging on the Lower Terrace I had started last week. After completing this, I started to clear the path beside the Mary Pool of weeds. By lunchtime the rain was getting heavier and turning to sleet, it was too bad to continue to work outside as the snow started to fall. For the afternoon I helped to weed the Peach Houses and spray the plants. By 3.00 p.m. the ground was covered in snow and it was certainly a lot colder.

On the way home the car temperature guage was flashing at 0oC. The snow continued to fall and the weather forecasters certainly got it right.

The following photographs were taken before I started work and the snowy scenes on my way to the car park after work:

View through to the Courtyard.
Purple Prince tulips in the border beside the House Entrance.
Daffodils on East Lawn.
View of House from East Lawn.
Daffodils on East Lawn.
The Griffin Heads on East Lawn.
Rain on the Red Crown Imperials.
Rain on the Red Crown Imperials.
Virburnum in the Plum Border of the Walled Garden.
Lower Terrace of the Walled Garden.
Shrub on the Lower Terrace of the Walled Garden.
Rain on the Daffs!
Lower Terrace looking towards the Conservatory.
Railway Border.
Lone Tulip and Forget me not.
Daffodils in the Orchard and Nuttery.
Blue and Yellow Border in the Walled Garden.
Snow on the trees in East Wood.
East Lawn and House in the snow.
Clock Tower and Courtyard.