Latest News from the Garden

Winter in the garden: re-planting and tree pruning ready for 2019

By Vanessa | January 22, 2019

We have had a very busy winter in the garden,  replanting part of the garden as well as removing trees damaged by last summer’s drought. Several visitors commented that the area where we had planted most of our pulmonarias was boring in the summer! Certainly not so in the spring, but we have taken that…

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Moth Report for 2018 – Another Good Year

By Vanessa | January 15, 2019

Since 2012, David Baker from the Butterfly Conservation Society has been carrying out regular moth trapping in our gardens By the end of 2018 over 330 different moths have been trapped in our garden – some of them quite rare for the year. This is David’s full report of the 2018 recordings, one of the…

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2018 Garden of the Year

By Vanessa | September 11, 2018
Geranium 'Hexham Velvet'

This summer we have been a featured garden on Radio York and have been appearing regularly on Julia Lewis’ Sunday show – my final appearance was on Sunday 9th September, catch up with it here. On the back of that we have had articles written about us in Cuttings Quarterly – you can see the latest…

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Making Space for Autumn Colour

By Vanessa | September 4, 2018

I was born in the autumn and I love everything about the season, Keats ‘Season of mellow fruitfulness’ seems to sum it up exactly and is one of the poems I remember from my schooldays. The garden is still full of colour in September. The trees are taking on their autumn tints and I feel…

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Noel Kingsbury Masterclass Comes to Stillingfleet

By Vanessa | August 21, 2018

We are delighted to have Noel Kingsbury coming to Stillingfleet on 20th September to run his gardening Masterclass, “A Rabbits Eye View”. To have such a  renowned expert here is a real honour and we are all looking forward to learning from him. Noel takes a naturalistic approach to planting and design, making our Stillingfleet…

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Phlox, Salvias and Dahlias Fill the Borders in August

By Vanessa | July 31, 2018

August is a difficult time in the garden, after the summer rush of roses and geraniums and before we enjoy the asters and autumn colour we need to look for plants which bridge the gap. Phlox fill the gap wonderfully. They come in so many colours from white through to scarlet and mauve, several have…

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Perfect Summer Days – Roses, Tomatoes and Herbs

By Vanessa | July 3, 2018
rambling roses

Our gardens are probably at their best in mid-summer. Thatched cottages draped with honeysuckle and roses epitomise the idea of England and summer. I love roses but was brought up in a garden where only Hybrid Tea roses were grown. My father used to prune then down to about 30cm and then cover the whole…

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June – Plants for the Butterflies, Birds and Bees

By Vanessa | May 29, 2018

This month is one of the sunniest and the time when we all hope that our gardens will be full of butterflies and bumblebees, if you feel your garden has not as many as you would like, now is the time to plan for a more wildlife friendly environment. There are basic ingredients that help…

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May – The Month for Seed Sowing

By Vanessa | May 8, 2018

This is an important month for seed sowing, the soil is warming up and it is an ideal time to start the vegetable and annual seed sowing. Time for my runner beans in pots or you can use plug trays, I grow Lady Diana which I find one of the best and does not go…

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Flowering Cherries and Crab Apples – Stamford Bridge Newsletter

By Vanessa | April 8, 2018

The flowering cherries and crab apples are at their very best now. It is an ideal time to see the wide range of small flowering trees available, too many gardens have unsuitably large trees planted resulting in ugly pruning having to take place. Garden centres have limited ranges of trees available so now is the…

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