The Garden Blog

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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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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