Old Hall Gardens

What's Happening?

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

Thursday 19 October 2017

The Harlequin Ladybird, originally imported to Europe to help farmers control pests, arrived in Britain in 2004. Since then, it has been declared the fastest invading species and is threatening our own native ladybirds. Caught on camera by Linda Nottage, is one of its larvae feeding on Giant Willow Aphids.


While strolling through the Gardens, have a look at the Tulip Tree, which is near the Library: it is now proudly displaying its large seed pod.

Saturday 14 October - Moth Display

The number of moths trapped on the night was quite small compared with the summer.

But there was still a good deal of interest in what we had on display.

Look at this big beauty:

It’s an Angle Shades Moth.

Friday 13 October 2017  – Moth Night, weather permitting!

Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some, but we can assure you that the moths we will be trapping will all be released unharmed. We are taking part in the 2017 Moth Night. Come along either on Friday night, or on Saturday morning.


Thursday 12 October 2017

On a typical autumn day, we were busy sweeping up leaves from the paths, and digging out one of the compost bins to spread over the garden.

Thursday 05 October 2017

A true sign of Autumn: mowing the Meadow.

But there is still some bright colour in the garden, as displayed by these elegant Nerines.

Thursday 28 September 2017

We planted a couple more tress transferred from Linda’s garden:

and we were delighted to see some new shoots on the Mimosa that we had transferred to Old Hall Gardens earlier in the year.

Thursday 14 September 2017

A big box of crocus bulbs arrived, ready to plant in the grass near the meadow area. It felt like Christmas, although we were somewhat apprehensive about the task ahead!


However, Richard made it look so easy as he demonstrated how to scoop up flaps of grass with a trowel, and then place five bulbs on the soil beneath. He clearly had the knack for it.


John had another approach: he cut a big turf out of the grass, rolled it back, and then placed the bulbs on the exposed soil.


Whichever method you choose: the grass needs to be firmly replaced over the bulbs at the end.


We did take the precaution of placing some wire mesh over the top, to deter the squirrels. Now all we need to do is wait for springtime!

Thursday 31 August 2017 – The Golden Couple

Richard allowed us all to have a day off from gardening to celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Linda and Rob Nottage. It was a perfect sunny day for us at Fonmon Castle and we had a delightful afternoon exploring the gardens, followed by a sumptious Tea.

Thursday 20 July 2017

We are proud to have been awarded the Green Flag again this year!  The Green Flag Award® scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom.

Thursday 13 July 2017

There is plenty of colour in the Dragon Garden. The Foxgloves are standing tall against the south wall,

and a cluster of Sweet Williams is looking radiant in the sunshine.

Thursday 6 July 2017

We reckon John can be forgiven for having gone potty! He has meticulously pieced together one of the large pots that had been shattered a few weeks ago. Quite how he managed it we shall never know! The yellow plastic liner and the gutter brush draped around his waist are all part of a careful plan to prevent the weight of the soil breaking the fragile repair.

It is wonderful to see the pot re-planted with its original bay tree.

Thursday 29 June 2017

We can scarcely believe how our hedge, planted five years ago, has grown and thickened! It’s time for Margaret to give it a thorough haircut.

It’s not only the plants that need attention though: John was busy repairing a bench that was threatening to fall apart.

Wednesday 21 June 2017

On the longest day of the year, and one of the hottest, it looks like the first outing for these six little ducklings being marched into the pond by their proud mum.

Naturally, they took to it like ducks to water.

Thursday 15 June 2017

Our splendid Tulip tree is in full bloom! Look closely at the flowers and you’ll see why it’s called a ‘tulip’ tree.


Thursday 8 June 2017

We were rained off in the morning! But at least it gave the Beavers’ wild-flower seeds a good start – shown here when the sun came out in the afternoon. We’ll keep you posted of their progress.