Old Hall Gardens

What's Happening?

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

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.

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.