With it being National Gardening Week we thought we’d catch a few moments with Boringdon’s resident gardener Anne who tells us a little bit what she’s been busy with around the grounds…
Mowing, mowing and more mowing! As Spring has started a little later this year I’ve not long been able to cut the grass and give the lawn areas a tidy up until the last couple of weeks. I’ve been seed sowing for Head Chef Scott; borage, garlic chives and Nasturtiums for the kitchens. Due to the extreme weather conditions both me and Scott have had to do some of our seed sowing at home.
We lost a lot of our herb from our kitchen herb beds (along the path way leading up to the spa) due to the cold, we lost our Marjoram, Lavender and Thyme so we’re in the process of re-planting and we hope to grow some lovely chamomile and fennel in the next few months. Our sturdy chive plants stood the test of the weather as we propagated them during Autumn time. Our Boringdon Bee keeper Jean has added another bee hive to the collection, so our chive plants are the first thing the bees want to forage on.
We have a new poly tunnel at the top of the wildflower meadow where we grow our curly, purple and rainbow chard kale for the kitchen.
Our fruit trees which we planted in January are doing very well. You’ll find these along the car park banks, as you walk up the little hill to the spa. We’ve had to put tree guards on them as the deer nibble on the trunks. We should get a good crop from them in 3-4 years. Interesting fact, they are planted where the old Boringdon orchard tree stood 300 years ago.
The car park walls and spa bank (near the hanging hammock) are soon to be filled with alpines and bright arrays of colour such as azaleas, chamelis to break up the natural greens.
As we get closer to the summer I’ll be working on the bedding for the pots, hanging baskets and creating lots of wonderful colour – pinks, purples and whites – to really brighten up the grounds.
Keep an eye out for our Summer gardening update in the next couple of months.