Happy Gardening New Year!

What would you like to see in your garden next year? 
August is, in some ways, the New Year of gardening. Bulbs and seeds are dormant and won’t start to put out roots underground until the Autumn. Many plants, once they have set seed, are withdrawing nutrients from their leaves.

Like January, it is a good time to reassess your garden for the following year.

While you are on holiday, if you have the time in amongst family commitments, start to think about how you would like to see your garden next year.

There is time to buy seeds, bulbs, take cuttings and buy perennials and shrubs for Autumn planting. You could even plant some potatoes in a pot for potatoes on Christmas Day – nothing is too late!

This is what we are doing in the gardens.We’re busy harvesting seed, the bulbs are ordered and we are going to have a session taking cuttings from tender perennials to store over winter in the greenhouse.

In the garden now, in order to be sure of a continuous succession of interest into Autumn, the long borders and greenhouses are bursting with ripening produce and flowers.

Many of these are annuals or late perennials, which are important to consider if you want a long season.

Yellow and bronze become key colours in the garden, complementing the grasses and foliage beautifully. We particularly like the zinnias amongst the annual barley (Hordeum Jubatum) in the cut flower garden.


Autumn Workshops Week

Why not give our Rug Ragging Workshop a go this October? On this full day course, you will produce a beautiful panel of your own design using various fabrics from our large selection.

You will also be given your own wood turned proddy to take home to enable you to create your own works of art. For more information on all our courses, click here or email info@eastonwalledgardens.co.uk for a brochure.


Seeds for sale

We have a fabulous selection of our annual seeds available on the online shop for planting in your garden at home.
You can also purchase from our lovely range of sweet pea seeds.


‘Inspired by Easton’ art exhibition

Between 21st and 26th August a group of local artists headed by Val Littlewood will be exhibiting their works in the Coach House.
The ‘Inspired by Easton’ exhibition will be open from 11am – 4pm every day (except Saturday) and is free to enter. You must purchase an entry ticket for the gardens.


Autumn Country Market

Our wonderful Autumn Country Market is back for 2013 on September 8th with Lincolnshire’s finest crafts, plants and foods on show in our Courtyard.
Entry is included within your garden ticket, so make sure to come along and enjoy what is sure to be a fabulous event.

Weekly News Round-up

The Velvet Border is really starting to shine thanks to the hard work of our senior gardener, Stephen Marsland. Throughout the winter, he has been overhauling it; dividing, rearranging and, in some cases, controlling the herbaceous plants. Its highlights this week have been Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’ and the wild growth of the golden hop as it intertwines with the purple Cotinus.

Bulb foliage has given way to lupins, delphiniums and comfrey in the beautiful Cottage Garden, inviting the deliciously-named hairy footed flower bee to buzz into the flowers and the swallows to flight.

In the White Space Garden, Ornithogalum magnum looks superb at the centre of the box ‘galaxies’ and The Long Borders shine with lupins and nepeta. I have seen visitors sitting for hours on the white benches this week, simply enjoying the sounds and sunshine in the gardens. Meanwhile, our selection of pots has been overhauled over the last fortnight and are starting to put on growth.

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With best wishes,

Ursula Cholmeley

Shop News. The flower of the moment, nearly 80 autumn-sown varieties of sweet pea, are now in bloom with the first always the biggest and best.

Lathyrus rotundifolius is a very special perennial pea which many of you ask about when it flowers abundantly. Usually we don’t have enough plants for sale but at the moment we do have some available in the shop, so if you would like to reserve one, please email or call the office on 01476 530063 to avoid disappointment.

Margaret Thatcher

Did you know that Margaret Thatcher used to visit Easton as a young woman? She was friends with the Estate secretary but sometimes had dealings with Lady (Cecilia) Cholmeley. It seems inappropriate to say it on the day of her funeral but there was no love lost between the two. According to Joan, who worked in the gardens, Lady Cholmeley came running up saying ‘Quick Joan, hide me, its that bl***y woman!’ and dived into the potting shed. Joan, now a very elderly lady, stood her ground. ‘Where is she?’ demanded the future prime minister ‘I know she’s here.’ ‘I don’t know’ came the reply in a broad west country accent ‘Why don’t you go and look up a bl***y tree?’