We have a fantastic gardener called Matt at Gate Street Barn who does a brilliant job of keeping our beautilful gardens and landscape in great shape. He has been working hard this busy wedding season but found time to provide information on recent works;
James from Apples & Pears came to show us how to prune the Pleached Limes (Tilia) this week. Over the last few years, James has been tying in the Lime branches so that they fuse together. All of the tying in is done now, so the Limes just need trims biannually with hedge cutters.
We also teamed up to carry out the pruning of the Hawthorn Lollipops (Crataegus). The Lollipops need a trim to maintain their shape, which at the moment is ball but we are considering turning them into domes as they will be easier to maintain. Whilst working on the Lollipops, I thought I would prune the car park hedges. We have native hedgerow to encourage nesting birds and insects. Our Cuckoo left us a few weeks ago, he is a annual visitor and we look forwrd to his turn next spring. For an update on his progress to Africa, please check out the blog (link below).
Another job this week was treating all the pots with high nitrogen feed, as lots of watering has washed all the nutrients through. We re-apply food every four to six weeks using fish, blood and bone meal and a slow release pellet fertilizer.