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What have the gardeners been up to over the last few weeks? Well, with the wet weather they have certainly been kept busy!

With the cracks found in the Mirror Pool late last year, January saw repair work being carried out. Overall 5 cracks were backfilled with concrete, but it took a lot of time and over 400m of pipework to empty the pool!

The pump for the Mirror Pool being taken through the gardens

The pump for the Mirror Pool being taken through the gardens

With all the recent rain the Mirror Pool has already started to fill up again, giving us back some lovely reflections. Next step, to return over 4000 fish to the pool!

The wet weather and winds also saw trees coming down. A sad state, we lost a 70 year old cedar tree on the terrace and a Hawthorn and apple tree in the Bog Garden.

A Cedar Tree across the Yew Terraces

A Cedar Tree across the Yew Terraces

Fortunately nobody was hurt, but it was a sad sight, and it took time to take the trees away and repair the damage.

The Bog Garden, with its apt name, was flooded! The plants were underwater for 3-4 weeks. This is a hard area to manage at the best of times.  Visitors write lovely comments when the Bog Garden is open as it is alive with colour, scents and huge Gunnera to hide under. Time will only tell what damage was done to the plants.

The Bog Garden flooded - thigh high water in the middle!

The Bog Garden flooded – thigh high water in the middle!

The rest of February looks like the wet weather will continue. On the positive side, the Mirror Pool will continue to re-fill! But for now, no time for too much tea or work in the glass houses, it’s back out to cultivate the Kitchen Garden and prepare for warmer months.

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