Creating a Garden View

At the start of this month we had the official opening of our new dining room and it was an honour to be invited.  The hotel has been closed since January for this challenging project, and to sit in the newly completed building with the team who had worked so hard made it all worthwhile.  The restaurant is designed to offer the best view of the garden possible and the effect is really quite impressive. 

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Although it seems early in the year to be thinking about Winter veg, a lot of the staples for the Winter months need a lot of time to develop and parsnips are no exception. We would usually start them from seed a couple of weeks earlier than we have this year but due to the big freeze we have delayed until now.

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Bay Tree

A few years ago we took the decision to cut back the bay tree in the Kitchen Garden and it has responded so well that it is now time to do it again. If we were to leave the tree to get too big it would create a large area of dry shade in the middle of the garden as well as dominating the views as you move through the veg garden. As you can see from the before picture it was also taking on a rather curious shape due to the ‘grazing line’ of both florists and chefs. Although this looks rather brutal and dramatic it will soon bounce back and be both better looking and easier to harvest.

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With the feel of Spring in the air our thoughts are quickly turning to getting some vegetables under way in the Kitchen Garden. Whilst we have been busy sowing in the glass houses for several weeks now the time has come to start some direct sowings.

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