Old Hall Gardens

What's Happening?

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

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.

Saturday 06 January 2018

Twelfth Night and time to throw out the Christmas Tree. But who would have thought that spring is already pushing its nose through the cold earth? There amongst the decaying leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree, I spied the first Snowdrop of the year. Welcome!

Thursday 16 November 2017

It was time to clean out the nesting boxes. Rob volunteered to climb the ladder and empty the contents of the blue tits’ home in the copper beech. We hope they will be back next year.

As you walk through the gardens, you might find Honey fungus glowing golden in the late-autumn sunshine.

Thursday 09 November 2017

We were busy trimming the Ivy and weeding beneath the Yew tree,

while a Blackbird watched us as he enjoyed some golden Rowan berries.

Thursday 02 November 2017

It may be November already, but we still have some bright colours in the gardens. Look out for these Penstemons,

and these delicate Autumn Crocuses.

Thursday 26 October 2017

A big job at this time of the year is clearing leaves, but this sleepy Toad didn’t wish to be disturbed.