July has been quite a month with Summer flowers in full bloom the garden is a hive of activity! Insects, bees and wildlife busy collecting their own produce, whether it be freshly filled pollen sacs or feeding from the unfurling leaves of your favourite roses.
I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some of my favourite photographs taken throughout July.
Our Garden is a mass of foraging bees at the moment, our Lavender walk in particular is filled with the droning buzz of busy worker bees as they navigate their way back to the hive with their anthers covered in Lavender pollen.
Back at the hive the honeycomb trays are quickly becoming populated with multicoloured pollen that resembles an abstract painting.
Our horse paddocks have been resting for the last few months, taking on the burnt hues of summer yellows and burnt umber as the drying grasses fall to seed.
Our entries at the local Horticultural show once again caused a stir as we won best in show for our Globe Artichoke entry. Here are a few other vegetables that rated well amongst the judges.
How would you feel if the Garden you manage is selected to feature on ITV1 “Love your Garden” having Alan Titchmarsh visit the Garden and praise the team on their ability to manage the Garden to such perfection is high praise indeed. Our Open day back in May saw almost a thousand keen Gardeners and supporters of the National garden scheme pour in through the gates. So to have ITV1 filming during June 2015 was an added bonus, although we did have to be very quiet whilst the camera’s were rolling!
I started to write my Professional Horticulturalist Blog in an attempt to Answer all your Gardening Questions.
Over 30 years practical, hands on Gardening has favoured me with a vast horticultural knowledge base that continues to grow. As a 45 year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. I am passionate about Gardening and of course nature and the environment.
I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK.
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