With the days getting shorter and the summer bedding plants and baskets looking past their best, it’s time to get the leaf blowers out and start preparing the garden for the winter. It has been a good summer with a fair amount of dry and warm weather. The grass has not stopped growing and is green and lush.
I have noticed a lot of plants have flowered early this year and some of our trees on the estate started to change colour back in August. Our wild cornflowers and poppy mixture sown to remember the First World War did very well and looked great, unfortunately it went over during late August due to a few very wet days with heavy rain. We hope to try another area with a wildflower mixture next year, but it will need to be away from the deer and rabbits!
Over the next few weeks we will be changing our summer bedding displays and baskets for winter/spring baskets. Some of the plants will be saved and re-potted over winter in the glasshouse. It’s around this time I sort out our requirements for the Christmas trees in the hotel - it never seems right to think about Christmas but early planning always pays off! Our next estate based event is the Christmas Table Decoration Workshop on Thursday 27th November. For further details click here.
Kevin Sweet - Estate Manager