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blog : Spring in the Garden

I returned to work in the garden last Wednesday and to the British Springtime. I had flown back from Spain the previous Saturday and had braced myself against the cold wind that hits you when you cross the tarmac to get to baggage reclaim and passport control. I had left a city where pelargoniums had been bedded out in the city squares in February, where strelitzias and clivia are permanently planted in the city parks and where the

blogsNnews : Summer at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Rain or shine, indoor or outdoor, we have a summer of trails and games for all the family when you visit Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. The perfect day out for all ages. Enjoy some family time to relax and unwind Take some time to relax in the beautiful Victorian garden of one of our greatest novelists. Spend some time with the kids to explore our historic garden on the garden trail by scanning the QR codes to learn fun facts, play

blogsNnews : Squirrel Knutsford’s Unhappy Day

It was not a good day for Squirrel Knutsford. The week had started well. The man had newly planted some tulips in a pot in the sunshine, and Squirrel Knutsford had had a lovely digging forage, which rewarded him with a juicy bite of a plump bulb. But when he went back later in the week, the man had returned to lay chicken wire just under the surface of the earth in the pot and the bulbs were

blog : So why did you choose that plant?

It was early spring 2014 when the volunteer gardeners were able to get onto the space that is now the garden at Elizabeth Gaskell's House. In the years since then the space has been transformed. National Gardening Week starts on May 2nd, so it is perhaps a good time, after the disruption/hiatus of the Covid years and the more physical disruption of the winter storms, to remind ourselves of the thinking that lies behind the planting and maintenance

blog : Butts, Leaves and a Shed

It's a quiet time at the moment for flowers in the garden as it recovers from the drought. But the signs are promising; shrubs I thought were dying have produced new leaves and dahlias are showing the beginnings of very delayed flower buds. There are also little delights such as the morning glory and geranium wallichianum. Human activity has not stopped, however; the volunteer gardeners not only weed, prune and plant out for later displays but have also rearranged