Summer Exhibition Update…
We are delighted that we have two new artists joining us in this summer’s garden sculpture exhibition, Wire, Willow and Copper. This August Chris Moss will be returning with her wire animals, Juliette Hamilton will be exhibiting her willow animals and David Adams will be showing his copper flowers and trees. We think these three artists’ work will make a stunning display in the garden and will offer something for every taste.
In addition, Chris will be running a “Making Small Wire Birds” course on the morning of 16th August (book here) and will be in the garden all that afternoon demonstrating how to make wire animals.
Review your Winter Planting
Early January is the perfect time to review your garden and look at improving your winter planting. You can find out more in my latest article in the January issue of Living North Magazine, available in shops now.
Signs of Spring
Some of you who follow our Facebook page will have seen that we already have snowdrops out in the garden, including the lovely Galanthus plicatus “Three Ships” pictured here.
I have also been writing about other winter flowering plants in the current edition of Living North Magazine. Beautiful snowdrops and aconites peeking through the snow are a sure sign that the daffodils and tulips of spring won’t be far behind.
You can read the article in full http://www.livingnorth.com/northeast/gardening/wonderful-winter-garden
Supporting the MS Society.
We are delighted to be supporting the Multiple Sclerosis Society once again. We supplied the MS Sensory Garden in Stoke with plants 15 years ago. They have recently expanded and we were delighted to once again be able to donate them with some of our excess plants. Phil and Ying came up to the garden and collected over 20 crates of perennial plants. These will be used in the garden and to sell to raise funds for the MS Society.
On the back of reading about this on Facebook local artist Judith Pollock approached us to sell some of her original lino cuts next summer with all the profit going to the MS Society. Of course we were delighted. We already have a full programme of art exhibitions next year, but we will be selling Judith’s art in the coffee shop throughout the summer.
In the News Again…..
This year I have been delighted to write a regular article for the Living North Magazine. In the most recent one I focus on the changing seasons and the plants that are at their best in autumn – you can read it here Living North Changing seasons
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The Sun Assembly to Play the Summer Out
The Royal Albert Hall might have the Last Night of the Proms to close it’s summer season and here at Stillingfleet Lodge we don’t like miss out. We are pleased, therefore, to bring you the news that The Sun Assembly will be playing out our season on the 21st September – the last weekend that we are open in 2014. They delighted a select audience earlier in the month and their music will provide a perfect finale to what has been a very busy season in the garden.
Wire and Willow Exhibition Extended
We are delighted that the wire sculptures from Chris Moss and the willow figures by Carole Beavis that have been so popular in August will be remaining in the garden for another week.
This means you have another four opportunities to see the exhibition: Wednesday 3rd, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th. They really are worth seeing and there are a few surprises along the way. Look out for the pheasant, the stag and the angel – they are a bit more hidden than the ones pictured below.
Regular opening times and admission price applies.
Our Meadow Features in The Telegraph
Telegraph Garden Writer, Ken Phillips used our meadow, including a beautiful photo, as an example of a traditional meadow as opposed to an annual meadow in this article, some of which is here….
“How meadows were lost in the long grass
The popularity of the ‘annual meadow’ has led to some unrealistic ideas about wildflowers
“A day or two after the end of last year’s summer opening season, I visited Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, a few miles south of York. It is a delightful small space, basically cottage garden in style, with many unusual plants and chickens. It has just one startling bit of rectangular modernity to keep you on your toes. “Worth a long journey to visit,” says the RHS, and I wouldn’t disagree at all.
One of Stillingfleet’s many joys is a real wildflower meadow. Real in two senses. First, it is a meadow, in the sense of an area of perennial grass and wildflowers, managed by annual cutting. Second, it is a genuine agricultural survival, with a history as permanent grassland that probably goes back centuries, and which has simply been incorporated into a modern garden.”
You can read the rest of the article here.
Latest Moth Count
We manage Stillingfleet Garden as an environment for wildlife, so it is always very exciting when we are rewarded by plenty of wildlife. David Baker, who many of you have met at the Wildlife Day, is a moth expert and regularly sets his moth traps in the garden. He was very excited by the latest finds from his traps at the end of July. He caught a total of 656 moths in one night of which 529 were macro (larger) species.
He recorded 107 different species from one evening trapping, of which 46 were new records in our garden. This was one of the best nights of trapping David has had and he was particularly please with the Small China Mark and True Lover’s Knot species – not to mention the whopping count of 263 yellow under wing. Please don’t be worried about the term trapping – the moths are returned safely to the garden in the morning.
Here is a full list of this record haul, the letter N denotes a new species to the garden.
|Code||Latin name||Common name||Number|
|424||Yponomeuta evonymella||Bird-cherry Ermine||9||N|
|453||Ypsolopha dentella||Honeysuckle Moth||2||N|
|464||Plutella xylostella||Diamond-back Moth||5|
|969||Pandemis corylana||Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix||1||N|
|972||Pandemis heparana||Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix||2|
|1082||Hedya pruniana||Plum Tortrix||1|
|1138||Epinotia nisella f. cinereana||1||N|
|1261||Cydia pomonella||Codling Moth||5||N|
|1293||Chrysoteuchia culmella||Garden Grass-veneer||4|
|1331||Acentria ephemerella||Water Veneer||3||N|
|1354||Cataclysta lemnata||Small China-mark||8||N|
|1405||Pleuroptya ruralis||Mother of Pearl||27|
|1645||Falcaria lacertinaria||Scalloped Hook-tip||1||N|
|1648||Drepana falcataria||Pebble Hook-tip||4||N|
|1681||Cyclophora linearia||Clay Triple-lines||1||N|
|1690||Scopula imitaria||Small Blood-vein||1||N|
|1702||Idaea biselata||Small Fan-footed Wave||2|
|1708||Idaea dimidiata||Single-dotted Wave||4|
|1713||Idaea aversata||Riband Wave||1|
|1713||Idaea aversata ab. remutata||Riband Wave [non-banded form]||8|
|1722||Xanthorhoe designata||Flame Carpet||8|
|1725||Xanthorhoe ferrugata||Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet||3|
|1726||Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata||Large Twin-spot Carpet||1|
|1738||Epirrhoe alternata||Common Carpet||6|
|1769||Thera britannica||Spruce Carpet||1|
|1803||Perizoma alchemillata||Small Rivulet||2||N|
|1839||Eupithecia succenturiata||Bordered Pug||1||N|
|1887||Lomaspilis marginata||Clouded Border||1|
|1937||Peribatodes rhomboidaria||Willow Beauty||2|
|1956||Cabera exanthemata||Common Wave||1|
|1958||Lomographa temerata||Clouded Silver||1|
|1978||Hyloicus pinastri||Pine Hawk-moth||3||N|
|1981||Laothoe populi||Poplar Hawk-moth||1|
|1991||Deilephila elpenor||Elephant Hawk-moth||2|
|1997||Furcula furcula||Sallow Kitten||1|
|2000||Notodonta dromedarius||Iron Prominent||2|
|2003||Notodonta ziczac||Pebble Prominent||1||N|
|2011||Pterostoma palpina||Pale Prominent||2|
|2031||Leucoma salicis||White Satin||2||N|
|2040||Cybosia mesomella||Four-dotted Footman||1||N|
|2044||Eilema griseola||Dingy Footman||41|
|2044||Eilema griseola ab. stramineola||Dingy Footman [pale form]||6|
|2049||Eilema depressa||Buff Footman||8|
|2050||Eilema lurideola||Common Footman||9|
|2064||Phragmatobia fuliginosa fuliginosa||Ruby Tiger||11|
|2089||Agrotis exclamationis||Heart and Dart||9|
|2092||Agrotis puta puta||Shuttle-shaped Dart||4|
|2102||Ochropleura plecta||Flame Shoulder||14|
|2107||Noctua pronuba||Large Yellow Underwing||263|
|2109||Noctua comes||Lesser Yellow Underwing||9|
|2110||Noctua fimbriata||Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing||1|
|2111||Noctua janthe||Lesser Broad-bordered Y/Underwing||24|
|2118||Lycophotia porphyrea||True Lover’s Knot||1||N|
|2123||Diarsia rubi||Small Square-spot||19|
|2154||Mamestra brassicae||Cabbage Moth||1||N|
|2198||Mythimna impura||Smoky Wainscot||2|
|2199||Mythimna pallens||Common Wainscot||1||N|
|2284x||Acronicta tridens/psi||Grey Dagger / Dark Dagger||1||N|
|2293||Cryphia domestica||Marbled Beauty||3||N|
|2297x||Amphipyra pyramidea agg.||Copper Underwings||4|
|2299||Amphipyra tragopoginis||Mouse Moth||2|
|2321||Apamea monoglypha||Dark Arches||7|
|2336||Apamea ophiogramma||Double Lobed||3||N|
|2341||Mesoligia furuncula||Cloaked Minor||2||N|
|2343x||Mesapamea secalis agg.||Common Rustic agg.||73|
|2361||Hydraecia micacea||Rosy Rustic||1|
|2423||Nycteola revayana||Oak Nycteoline||1||N|
|2439||Plusia festucae||Gold Spot||3|
|2441||Autographa gamma||Silver Y||1|
|2449||Abrostola triplasia||Dark Spectacle||1||N|
|2473||Laspeyria flexula||Beautiful Hook-tip||1||N|
|2474||Rivula sericealis||Straw Dot||2|
The Willow Sculptures have arrived
Great news, all the sculptures have arrived for the August Wire and Willow exhibition. Here are some photos of the willow figures, they look like they have been here for ever.
Carole Beavis Willow Sculptures
We have already let you know about the wire sculptures that will be on display from Friday 1st August in the garden.
We are delighted to now be able to share news about the gorgeous willow sculptures from Carole Beavis which will also be in the garden for the month.
You can find out more about Carole Beavis here.
Latest News on our Sculpture Exhibition
As our regular readers and followers will know, August is the month for Wire and Willow in the Garden – an exhibition of sculptures throughout the garden by local artists. We are pleased to give you the news that Chris Moss has confirmed that her exhibits will include:
- Indian Running Duck
- Pheasant (male)
- Long-hound, grey and white
- Blue Hare, dancing
- Small black and white lurcher (Nipper)
- Swaledale ewe
They will be arriving in the garden next week and will be on display to visitors on the Friday 1st August. All Chris’s sculptures are made from galvanised chicken-wire and suitable for garden use. I’d like everyone to enjoy the artwork – but parents are requested to prevent children handling or sitting on any of the sculptures as it may cause damage.
More about the exhibition here
New Drawing Course
Due to the popularity of both art courses so far this year, we are delighted to have added another, slightly different one to the programme in August.
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Monday 18th August – Adding Colour to Charcoal Drawings
This course run by local artist Phil Reynolds looks at free impressionistic drawings using pencil and charcoal. The addition of small patches of watercolour or gouache can bring these sketches to life. This is a useful and elegant technique which will suit the wild beauty of Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens and will suit those daunted by the complexity of a busy scene.
Includes all materials (including easels if you need one).
You will need to bring your own packed lunch and a fold up chair.
Time: 10:00 to 15:00 Cost £40
Tour De France 2 for 1
Stage 2 of the Tour De France will be starting from York on the 6th July . To celebrate, we will be opening at 11:00am especially for cycling fans who wish to explore the area, garden admission will be 2 for 1 for visitors arriving by bicycle.
Our garden is close to the cycle-route that comes directly from The Knavesmire and is the perfect place for you to relax and have some tea and cake after the hustle and bustle of Le Tour.
With road closures in place during much of Sunday, a bike will be the best way to travel.
Normal garden entry applies to people arriving by car. You are welcome to use the picnic area in the car park, but please don’t bring picnics into the garden.