You may've heard on the news that the last few months have been dry... we're feeling it here! We were delighted with some good (overnight) soaking rain on Sunday but we do need more. On the one hand we've not had to mow quite as much (which is good as our-ride on mower is still away being repaired!) but we are having to irrigate in the Kichen Garden to help our fledgling veg seedlings. For more info on recent weather trends, read this report on the BBC website.
Meanwhile the small carpets of bluebells dotted around the Garden continue to delight, alongside the final flourishes of some gorgeous and unusual tulips, particularly in front of the Plunge Pool and in the Exedra Garden. In the next few weeks we're looking forward to the wisteria on the front of the Coach House blooming - the buds are looking promising. More on this when the big moment happens.
We had our first wedding of the year last week - Andy and Claire tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony on Friday at the Red House. Rachel's carefully-mown stripes on the long walk up looked great!
The big task we started last week is the pruning of our espaliers which surround the Kitchen Garden. A keen group of staff and volunteers assembled last Tuesday to get going on a restorative prune of the trees under the watchful eye of Martin Hayes, a local orchard expert. This initial cutting back will start getting them back into shape, and later in the summer we'll revisit them. Next year, they should be looking good AND be producing plenty of fruit. Look out for the results when you visit - the work continues this week.