Tales from the Walled Garden

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Suffering with Box Blight? Whilst we love our jobs and enjoy being outside tending to plants and flowers, there can be some frustrating times. Perhaps when a plant, shrub or seed doesn’t take to a particular soil and the growth isn’t as exceptional as hoped, or when a plant is attacked by a pest or

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Tales from the Walled Garden

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How to prune fruit trees in the summer The last week of August is the time we start the summer pruning espalier fruit trees. At Houghton Lodge Gardens, there are over 32 varieties of apples and the trees form the central avenue through the Walled Garden. The espalier pear trees grow very happily against the

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Tales from the Walled Garden

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 July Jobs We’re starting to think that summer has passed us by. Whilst the gardens are enjoying the regular watering they also need a good period of bright and warm sunshine.  Not only does it keep our visitors and us happy, but also the flowerbeds show their appreciation by exploding into colour. However, whatever the

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Tales from the Walled Garden

Peonies

Pretty peonies all in a row At Houghton Lodge Gardens, we are very proud of our Peony Walk. From the beginning of June the glamorous, blousy blooms line the paths under the rose arbors with shades of pinks – from deep crimson to powder pink and delightful sweet smelling fragrances.Peonies (Paeonia) are low maintenance and pretty simple to grow. They prefer

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National Insect Week

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It is almost the end of National Insect Week (20th – 26th June) which celebrates entomology and the role that insects play in conservation and natural history. As a Hampshire garden attraction on the banks of the River Test, Houghton Lodge Gardens is a hive for the little creatures that are vital to everyday life.

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Tales from the Walled Garden

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Doing the Chelsea Chop Now that the evenings are lighter for longer, there’s even more time to be pottering about in the garden to try and get the most from your borders and displays. As gardeners, we are always looking at methods to increase and enhance the floral delights across the gardens. There is a

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