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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Views around the grounds and Walled Garden - 06/06/2012

The aftermath of the four day Jubilee celebrations were still in evidence here at Wallington. It has been a very busy last few days for all of the staff and volunteers. The numbers of visitors are still being calculated, but at least 8000 were at the property on Sunday! The work still continues and the next events are in the process of being planned and organised. Morris Minor cars will be filling the Courtyard on Sunday, as all remnants of the last event are removed.

Rain was forecast and this made us work in the Edwardian Conservatory for the whole of the morning. The conservatory got a general tidy up and the plants were sprayed, watered, dead headed and some replaced. There was a steady stream of visitors coming into the Conservatory.

After lunch it was dry enough for me to get out in the walled garden and do some badly needed edging of the grass. Mid afternoon saw a rapid rise in temperature and the black clouds rolled in from the west with some loud rumbles of thunder. It was not a surprise when there was a heavy shower of rain that lasted for about 10 minutes. I took shelter under a group of trees next to the railway border. It moved away to the east and it remained dry for the rest of my time in the garden.

Even in the rain, the garden saw a large number of visitors and I spent sometime answering questions and explaining the history of the Walled Garden. 

I took the following photographs before I started work this morning and throughout the day:

Clock Tower from the Courtyard.
The Red, White and Blue newly planted border.
Colour in the rain in East Wood.
Colour beside Garden Pond.
Garden Pond.
Lower Terrace of the Walled Garden.
Wisteria on the Lower Terrace of the Walled Garden.
Overlooking the Mary Burn on the Lower Terrace.
Colour and raindrops.
Lower Terrace of the Walled Garden.
Blue and Yellow Border.
Upper Terrace.
Fuschia in the Edwardian Conservatory.
Railway Border on the Lower Terrace.

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