Throughout the year the garden delivers us a constant supply of seasonal delicacies and our fruit crops are of particular importance.  First to crop are the red currants in June, closely followed by the strawberries and gooseberries. We continue to harvest fruit right through to the last apples in November but the highlight has to be […]

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May Newsletter

The garden has been so beautiful through this warm Spring, giving us a lot of mixed emotions. Of course, we have the joy and reward of being able to continue caring for such a beautiful place, but sadness that we haven’t been able to share the garden as usual. The asparagus has been particularly good […]

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The blossom at Gravetye has been just beautiful this spring. It started at the end of February with Magnolia campbellii, putting on its flamboyant display to start the show. Soon follow the cherries, with new plantings of Prunus ‘The bride’ looking especially rewarding. These beautiful blossoms open pure white and fade to pink as the […]

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Magnolia campbellii

This tree has to be the most defiantly cheerful plant on the planet. It comes from the Himalayas and is one of the most ancient of true flowers. Through the coldest days of winter, it holds these magnificent blooms wrapped tightly in thick furry buds. In the coldest winters they go brown and drop but […]

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Letter from America

At the end of February I had the pleasure of giving a talk to the Berkshire Botanical Garden in New England, USA. William Robinson has a very strong following in the USA and it was exciting to meet so many lovely people, all passionate about wild gardening. I had the luck to spend time with […]

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With high pressure hanging over us at the start of the month, the first few days of spring feel tangibly close. A few days of sun brings the whole garden to life and suddenly the first flowers of the garden show their charm. Daphne, Winter Sweet and Sarcococca, planted around the entrance of the Manor fill […]

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November – in the garden news

Now that we are at the end of Autumn, and the forests around us are putting on the last of their magnificent display, we are at last ready to start planting our tulips. It has taken us about three weeks to work through the flower garden borders; removing annuals, dividing perennials and planting out for […]

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