Badgers and beauty in the garden

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Last week, we were very excited to capture some fantastic images and videos of a fox and two badgers frolicking in the big pile of meadow grass cuttings.

Thank you to our resident Bee Keeper. Peter Grindon, for sharing these with us.

In other news, the garden continues to flourish and we are keeping on top of it with lots of weeding, mowing and expert edging work.

Some lovely planting in the new sensory bed was done recently, providing colourful, scented and tactile plants to delight the senses. Keep an eye out for this as it develops throughout the summer.

The brilliant new planters outside the front door have now been filled with a selection of hebes and skimmias, under-planted with erigeron which together will provide year round interest.

If you can make it into the National Centre, even a short walk around the garden will be a delight at this time of year, with lots to take in. A fabulous deep pink clematis is growing against the far side of the compost heap – unexpected and showy in that secluded corner. The Lavender Garden is showing combinations of big velvety dark purple iris next to similarly coloured clumps of nemesia and paler mauve iris flowering in front of a beautifully toning clematis. All around the garden, acers are opening their leaves to give a beautiful and varied show of colour, while all the conifers are also decorative with soft pale green fresh growth at the end of their branches.

There’s much more, of course, including lilacs in flower, blue camassias throughout the meadow and a sea of cowslips. The Cedar Garden is very green at the moment, but ready to explode into many colour shortly.


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