Old Hall Gardens

What's Happening?

See what we've been up to in the gardens!

Thursday 12 April 2018

There was a lot of weeding to be done along the south wall, while Richard and Rob busied themselves with spreading netting over the wall for the clematis to climb up later in the year.

It was a mild day and we downed tools to have our coffee break in situ for a change, instead of huddling indoors to warm up.

The flowers in the meadow enjoyed the improving weather, too. The Fritillaries are putting on the best show we’ve had to date:

and the Cowslips are confirming that spring is here:

Thursday 05 April 2018

At last - some bright sunshine! But it was still chilly in the shade where Mary was pruning the Dogwoods. She and Julie emerged to tie some of the cuttings around the benches, following one of Richard’s inspirational ideas.

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John was trimming the Willow Cave, and spread a fresh layer of bark underneath. He also positioned some new logs so it is once again an inviting hideaway.

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Thursday 29 March 2018

We were delighted to see the Wood anemones that we’d planted two years ago, spreading out beneath the big lime tree.

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The Snowdrops that we planted last week are looking very happy indeed:

Thursday 22 March 2018

Richard arrived with 1,200 Snowdrops from Pembrokeshire to be planted! So it was all hands to the trowel. Luckily the ground was still soft from all the rain and snow, so it was easy to lift the grass. We planted three flowers per hole - so you can work out how many holes we dug!

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We could hear some rustling in the shrubs nearby, and eventually a female blackbird joined us to feast on the worms that had been disturbed.

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Thursday 15 March 2018

We were excited to see a large number of toads arrived at our pond to mate!

Thursday 08 March 2018

Nearly all the snow has gone and the sun shone brightly. We did some general tidying up, including weeding along the hedge and mowing the grass. But it was an early finish for us all.

Thursday 01 March 2018

No one ventured out to gardening today - the snow came down heavily as the “Beast from the East” blew icily throughout the Vale.

Thursday 22 February 2018

Last week was rained off - although Victoria and Mary turned up anyway, and carried on working along the ramparts. This week we were out in full force.

Although it was quite cold, we nevertheless felt the grass was getting too long. John was delighted with his ‘new job’ - a change from his usual edging duties!

Rob was determined to tackle the Bogbean. It’s a pretty pond plant but it spreads rapidly and needs to be kept in check. Early spring is a good time to deal with it.

Thursday 08 February 2018

We battled against the rain on the ramparts, weeding in the lavender bed, but coffee break couldn’t come soon enough for some of us! Margaret, though, was unstoppable and continued to clip the edges until she’d finished the job.

We’d put down some matting to suppress the weeds when the lavender border was first planted, but still they find a way through. These little bulbs are sprouting grass and they’ll spread quickly if not kept in check. The other weeds can generally be uprooted by skimming a small fork across the gravel in big sweeps.

Thursday 01 February 2018

It’s hard to believe we’re already in February! After days of endless rain, we were lucky yet again to have bright sunshine for our morning in Old Hall Gardens. It was a day for tidying up. Mary weeded and swept the steps to the ramparts so well that we felt we should be ordering a carpet!

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And the border by the library now has a clean edge.

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Thursday 25 January 2018

John was back on Edging duty today. He makes it look so easy, but it’s surprising how much work is involved, particularly in scooping up the wet, muddy grass and carrying it to the compost bins.

We were weeding in the Fernery today, and this self-seeded Holly tree had to come out. Just look at the length of its root: it’s longer than the plant we saw above the ground!

Thursday 18 January 2018

It was a lot warmer than the previous week and John emerged from his Willow Cave to give it a good trimming.

Meanwhile,we were busy tidying up beneath the Wisteria so we could see the Snowdrops and other bulbs that will be  coming through later in the spring.

Thursday 11 January 2018

It was back to work in the gardens, on a cold and frosty morning. The pond was completely frozen over and barely thawed all day.

We spent the morning tidying up around the library and elsewhere, picking up twigs that had fallen to the ground in recent storms. There were leaves to be swept up and some dead-heading to be done in the Dragon Garden, while John busied himself tying up the Cotoneaster with metal wires for support.