Happy New Year! (2)

The garden here at Boldshaves re-opened on Good Friday and is now open every Friday afternoon from 2-6pm. It has been a slow, cool Spring, but things are now well under way; propagation is well advanced; the greenhouses and cold frames are bursting with plants waiting for the last frosts; and planting out and mulching…

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Happy New Year!

To date a reasonably benign autumn and winter season has enabled us to complete much of the border preparation ahead of schedule; and snowdrops, Camellias and other winter-flowering shrubs such as Chimonanthus, Sarcococcas, Coronillas and Loniceras are already well out. A major project for the coming season is the re-planting of the New Borders on the…

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Autumn at Boldshaves

The mildness of last winter and the early onset of cooler weather in August mean that we are likely to see Autumn a little earlier than usual this year. The Flame Bed is already reaching its peak; the Italian Garden and Red Borders are looking good; and there are signs of Autumn colour on a number of…

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White in Summer

There are two shrubs or small trees here at Boldshaves that our visitors never fail to comment upon. In early Spring the cream flower pannicles of the bladder nut, Staphylea colchica, in the Walled Garden are always a draw, and woe betide us if we do not have offsets or root cuttings available in the Plant Centre. There…

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Peony Weeks

The tree peonies are now in full flower here, both in the Walled Garden and along the Pergola Walk. They precede the herbaceous peonies by a few weeks and are not with us for longer than two or three weeks, so tend to find a home only in the larger gardens. The astonishingly exotic species,…

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Nightingales at Boldshaves

The first nightingales of the year were heard here this morning and they will now sing in the woodland for the next month or so. They (and the woodcock which are with us in the winter months) are ground-nesting birds, so we leave patches of bramble and other low-growing vegetation for them. An over-tidy wood…

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April Garden Opening

The garden is now moving forward at the usual alarming Spring rate, as everything bursts into flower and leaf. Propagation in the Plant Area is in full swing, and the Kitchen Garden is changing by the day. The bluebells and anemones (A. nemorosa) in the woodland are already well advanced. For those of you coming…

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Come and stay at Boldshaves

Boldshaves Bed & Breakfast will be open for business from March 2014. We welcome guests looking for a peaceful retreat in a tranquil location set in the stunning surrounds of the Kent countryside each room with a great view, some of the Kent Weald and others our lovely gardens. Enjoy relaxing at Boldshaves, taking in…

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