Sunday, 24 April 2011

Denbies and High Beeches

Happy Easter! Glorious weather, more like Ascension Day, really. Next Sunday, Mayday, we’ll be at a Plant Heritage Fair at Denbies Wine Estate, near Dorking in Surrey. This will be our first sale outside Kent or East Sussex, but is on home turf, as Elizabeth was living nearby when we first met, and has strong family links there. On Bank Holiday Monday, we will be at High Beeches Gardens , near Handcross in West Sussex. We’ve not visited these gardens before, and I’ll be very interested in looking at their wildflower meadow-I hope to be inspired in my planning of the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship application.
Farm work is slightly behind, due to the tractor failing to start. After much investigation on the part of myself and our neighbours, the van den Boomens, we traced the problem to loose connections on the starter and solenoid. Easily rectified.

This is the midday shade in our north facing dry bed-well dry today! Tellima grandiflora, Solomon’s Seal, various hellibores, a lovely euphorbia, Galium odoratum and Maianthemum racemosum, which we are growing, because it doesn’t seem to fall prey to the sawfly. It’s scented , too!

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