In the south of England we have been enjoying a warm week and now it feels like we are in summer. The weather forecasters have told us that the weather should be warmer than normal for the next month at least.
With the sunrise the birds are singing their hearts out and seem to be chirping for most of the day. Then there’s the tap-tap-tap of the woodpeckers in Heath Wood and in the early morning and again in the evenings the occasional sound of an owl.
Daffodils are in flower and there are signs of swelling buds and shoots appearing out of the soil in the garden. The lawns are also starting to grow – very slowly but there is definitely more grass there. And as we move out of the dark month of February and into March with its longer days there is the sense of a new season and light and warmth! The preparation of the beds for the new season is done and the tasks of sowing, planting, growing and maintaining is about to start.
Another year passes and another begins; a time for reflection on the past year and a time of looking forward to the new seasons in my winter gardens blog.
In early November 43,180 bulbs arrived for our 2015 display. Having that many bulbs in front of you is daunting, but our Gardeners potted and planted a whopping 42,000 of them by Christmas. Now, if all goes to plan, which is very weather dependent, the first will start to bloom in February and the last will be flowering in June. Time (and weather!) will tell…
Preparing for the festivities with fine, Christmas food at Colette’s…
It’s been a busy year so far and shows no signs of letting up! In just under a week the big day – and the big man himself – will have arrived. We’ll all be tucking into various seasonal delights – a turkey, a booze laden Christmas pudding and of course a selection box, or two.
All in all, this month is set to be the ultimate food month on everyone’s calendar and here at The Grove, we’re no different.
There is a rumour that at this time of year most gardeners sit in front of a roaring fire, drinking warming soup looking at seed and plant catalogues, in a sort of warm and cosy hibernation. If only that were true!
It is in fact the time of the year when the seed and plant catalogues come through the letter box and the choosing of plants for the following season is put onto paper, or spreadsheet! We take photographs of the borders through the summer to remind us of what grew well and what did not and more importantly where there are gaps that we need to fill. And also in the vegetable garden in the Walled Garden – which vegetables the chefs loved and which did not go down so well. We are of course eager to see what new varieties there are to try for next year…
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… Read more