February 2020 – Gardens

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5 Mar 2020

Our Head Gardener, Jonathan, reflects on February 

What a month weather-wise! Sadly we lost a couple of trees in the Wave Garden on account of the flooding and wind. The south-westerly wind really funnels through that part of the gardens.

Our biggest undertaking in February has been, without doubt, the cutting down of the Millennium Garden. As it’s the end of the season for the garden it looks a bit bare and drastic…especially if you see us doing it! People are often surprised to see that we use a hedge trimmer and lawn mower and we simply cut the plants down at varying heights then run over them with a mulching mower. This chops the waste up then we leave it on the bed to break down into the soil. Whilst much of the garden has reduced to almost ground level, the tall Miscanthus has been left alone until we see some fresh growth. We will eventually cut them down but it helps to give the garden a bit of structure to leave a few plants standing.

The Hellebores are looking fantastic across the site, most notably in the Wave Garden (accompanied by the delicate snowdrops) and in front of Five Cottages. There are three different species in the raised bed of the Corten Infinity Garden. Hellebores simply love it there because they seed themselves. Those seeding, we pot and plant all around the gardens.

Over the next couple of months we will have a substantial job on our hands – lifting and dividing the plants. Plus seed-sowing has started in the poly-tunnel along with the planning for all our summer displays. It’s an exciting time!