At last winter seems to have arrived and with it the ever growing list of winter jobs!!! I’ve added a few photos below, just because I thought they were nice really!
Works are getting underway on the new garden building, and over the past couple of weeks we have been moving our compost piles to newly built temporary bays to allow the contractors to remove the old ones. In addition to moving the compost we have been doing lots of leaf collecting, and our leaf mould pile now resembles a brown Mt. Everest!
Log cutting is now underway, with logs available for sale at very reasonable prices!
Our temporary compost bays, before and after! - very simple to make and only took a couple of hours using pallets and some spare fence panels. This is a low cost idea you could try at home for your own compost piles, but perhaps on a slightly smaller scale!
Leaves almost covering the house!
Some might call it winter but we are clinging on to autumn here in the garden! We still have far too much to do for it to be winter already! We have recently taken delivery of around 6000 bulbs and have started planting them in the theatrical border. This seasons annual plants were removed by our team of garden volunteers to allow the planting of about 4000 of these bulbs in the border.
The bulbs being planted are a mix of daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinth (Narcissus poeticus, Narcissus jonquilla, Tulipa clusiana, Tulipa ‘Scarlet Baby’ and Muscari aucheri). The bulbs were chosen based on bulb species known to have been grown in the border by Horace Walpole himself. The bulbs will produce a colourful display in spring, just in time for the house opening for the season.
The bulb delivery!
The border after the voluteers hard work.
We have lots of exciting work planned so keep checking back!
24 April 2013, 3.30pm
Enjoy a short walking tour of Strawberry Hill’s garden and surrounding area. Includes discussion of the themes and properties that influenced the design of Horace’s garden and placing it in the context of the historical landscape. Starts at 3.30pm and lasts approximately 40 minutes. Tours are free of charge and there is no need to book, just show up on the day.
No booking required.
Helleborus foetidus is easy to grow and useful for difficult places in the garden as it tolerates dry shade and survives under the canopies of trees, where it will gradually naturalise and self-seed.