Each time I enter The Grove and catch sight of the mansion on top of the hill across the valley – I still get a real buzz. Everything from the meadows that sweep gently down the hill towards the Grand Union Canal to the manicured Golf Course and the Reception entrance – it is all very grand and beautiful. And then there are the gardens…
The new season maybe upon us, but we are still experiencing the temperatures of late summer and long may it continue! We have had a few cold nights and the leaves are changing colour, but the gardens continue to flower well.
In the Gardens Office we have been planning our spring bulb display, which promises to be spectacular if all goes to plan. The first will start to flower in late January, early February and the last will be in bloom in early June.
In the Walled Garden the fruit harvest is going apace. The abundance of plums are being harvested and I reckon it’s our best yield yet. The chefs are working their magic on the root vegetables, courgettes, squashes, salad leaves, radishes, cucamelons, tomatoes and peppers. The nasturtium flowers are still going down well , as are the white and blue borage flowers, violas, radish flowers, cucumber and bean flowers.
And dare I say it, but we will be choosing our Christmas trees for the hotel very soon with the main 25 footer planned for its pride of place in the Rose Garden..