For the last few weeks we have been clearing the meadows. This is a timeless process as our meadows are maintained in the same way as ancient hay meadows.
The grass is cut with a modern Allen Scythe, raked into rows and then piled into mounds of hay before being cleared away. As the rows dry, the last flower seeds drop onto the ground below. These germinate in the spring in any patch of clear ground.
We have nearly finished harvesting our sweet peas too. Bags of seed are collected and hung in the greenhouse to dry out, then we need to clean out all of the pods before the seeds are packed away.
It might sound simple, but the process is actually very time consuming. All of our peas have been assessed throughout the summer. Each variety is marked with separate coloured labels depending on how happy we were with the quality of the flowers on each plant.
This is very important to ensure that each variety comes true from the best seed. These seeds are then available for us to grow and for you to buy. Some of our varieties are available to purchase on the online shop, but please do contact us if you are looking for something in particular.
With best wishes,
From us all at Easton Walled Gardens.
Pumpkin rolling is back! Between 23rd – 25th and 27th October, we are holding our very special Children’s Week at the gardens.
Along with the ancient game, kids will be able to take part in a fantastic range of activities including snail feeding and learning how to pot their own plants.
For more information, please visit our website.
Win a place on a workshop
Our Autumn Workshop Week is just around the corner, so we’re giving you the chance to win a place on a course of your choice*.
With everything to make from wreaths to chocolate, there is something for everyone to enjoy within the idyllic surroundings of the gardens.
Five years ago, Michael Marriott came over from Albrighton (where the world famous nursery is based) to advise us on our new planting. I wanted the roses to be in an informal but english setting and so we have created large circular beds for them in the long grass. Most of the roses flower once at the end of June and again in late summer. Some scramble onto large iron frames. We commissioned these from our friend Angelo and they add height to the planting. The meadows can be seen close up or from the site of the old house on the far side of the valley.
This innovative idea has been very warmly received by our visitors and we are adding to its appeal by introducing camassias, irises and other tough non-natives directly into the grass. Initially the grasses come up lush and green but by July they have yellowed and bleached creating a different background for the roses. We cut the sward with a modern allen scythe in late summer. The beds around the edges contain an important lilac collection and we have added stands of silver birch and other small trees.
Gertrude Jekyll and other popular roses are available to buy in our nursery area. Our most sought after roses include Veichenblau, The Generous Gardener, Malvern Hills and The Mayflower.