Rain, herbs and a big green pig!

It would not be an understatement to say that it has been a little rainy at Charlecote over the last few weeks! But although everywhere is still pretty soggy our spirits have not been dampened and we have managed to get quite a few jobs done this week.

Looking over to the mansion house from West Park. The orchard is flooded and the river has burst its banks!

This is where the Avon and the Dene meet. There is usually a cascade here…

Firstly there have been some new arrivals to the garden. 

Paul and Nick with the new supports in the long border

Our lovely, local blacksmith has sent us the first two of our six new benches and they have taken pride of place in the new woodland garden. He has also made us six new plant supports for the long border. These are now in place and have added some much needed height to the border. We will be planting some annual climbers for the summer and ordering some lovely scented roses and clematis for an autumn and spring planting.

Our other additions are a very large mole and a big green pig! – The mole is a wormery and the pig is a composting bin. Both will take pride of place in our new wildlife area and will hopefully encourage our younger visitors to get involved in composting.

  

Louis James has been working on site today and has started clearing away the stone and soil from the collapsed section of the Ha-ha. He will be back tomorrow to start putting up the bracing and we are hoping to be able to reopen the path early next week.

The Garden Gang have been working hard in the Tea Garden for the last couple of days. We have put in two new planting areas, enlarged all of the other beds and have edged them all with the old roofing tiles from the house roof repair that took place last year

Shirley, Our WRAGS Trainee, has sown lots of heritage seeds which  will hopefully produce lots of nice vegetables for the Victorian Kitchen to use over the summer. We will also be planting lots more herbs this year!

And finally on a very positive note all of this rain has been good for the garden –the grass is growing, trees are beginning to come into leaf, new plants are shooting up in the borders and our beautiful Wisteria is covered in flowers.

Lisa, Park & Garden Manager

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