Fritillaria Meleagris – The Snake’s Head Fritillary

A couple of weeks ago, after months of squelch, The Priory meadow was dry enough to support the weight of the Etesia ride-on mower ... as well as my added bulk sitting on top.  Had I tried to use it before the ground was firm, the Etesia would have carved up the grass like a … Continue reading Fritillaria Meleagris – The Snake’s Head Fritillary

Grass Cutting – Again

(I've written about cutting the two meadows before but as it is such a big part of my working life at this time of year you might forgive me for revisiting the subject). Cutting the Priory meadow is a job that looms large from late-summer onwards.  Cut it too soon and I lose late flowers … Continue reading Grass Cutting – Again

Win A Copy Of ‘Making A Wildflower Meadow’

I try to keep only a sensible number of gardening books - really I do.  I've even given some away to charity ... once or twice.  But occasionally I'm offered a book to review and my resolve shrivels. 'Making a Wildflower Meadow: The Definitive Guide To Grassland Gardening' by Pam Lewis was one of those … Continue reading Win A Copy Of ‘Making A Wildflower Meadow’

An End To May

As I walk about the Priory gardens, I am watched. When deep in thought (it happens), I might suddenly look up and be quite startled.  These four made me jump - but then it doesn't take much. Margaret's cattle are part of the summer scene at the Priory; mooing loudly (and often very unnecessarily), drifting … Continue reading An End To May

Gravetye Manor

When I planted a Clematis 'Gravetye Beauty' at The Priory, I had no idea what or who it was named after.  And then in August a blogging friend, Sara, wrote about a visit to Gravetye Manor and the penny dropped (you can read her post - here).  Sara's description and photos were captivating and I wished … Continue reading Gravetye Manor