Summertime is well and truly here and the garden is literally buzzing with life!
Today I grabbed my camera and was determined to visit the garden as the sun was shining and the heat was already rising.
I have struggled to find time to photograph the garden in the last 6 weeks – and I have missed it so much! It has also transformed during this time – the Acers are now displaying their summer colours in varying greens, oranges and reddy/purples. The leaves are glowing today in the summer sunlight.
The pines and cedars are also looking stunning now with the dark greens and blueish tones.
Finally we are seeing lots more activity from the Koi carp in the pond. They have been surprisingly elusive this year – spending all their time hiding under the bridge, which has been such a worry. We think that a predator may have gotten in to the pond and spooked them and several fish haven’t been seen for sometime – leading us to believe that something has gotten in.
However today they were out swimming and feeding happily which was so wonderful to see!
Stuart and the team have been busy pruning in the garden and opening up areas of canopy that was creating so much shade – now these areas are letting in so much more light and the space feels so different as a result. The fallen oak tree by the tea-house has been one of the big trees that has been hard-pruned this year and the whole space looks so much more open.
Many of the trees have needed propping up too – so there has been a huge amount of work to do for the gardening team and they have done an incredible job. We still have a couple of areas which need attention and are currently ‘under construction’ – one walkway near to the Zen garden (the steps need replacing) and the small bridge at the far end of the garden also needs to be rebuilt (in the woodland area – by the willow wood) – these re-builds are on the ever-extensive list of jobs – so please bear with us.
My visit to the garden today was well overdue but I was really blown away with how much change has happened in the few weeks I hadn’t managed a proper visit. The garden was filled with positive energy and I was so grateful for that today.
There is such a peaceful vibe in the garden that I always feel effected when I visit – even if its only for a few minutes.
Hope everyone who visits us enjoys the garden for the summer and I will do my best to get down there again for an update soon
Please see my photos from todays visit – pictured below –