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1. How many people work in our gardens to keep them looking this good?

 

5 full time and 2 part time gardeners plus 25 volunteers. It’s a big job!

 

Gardeners off to work

Gardeners off to work

 2. Where have all the cherry trees gone in the sunken garden?

 The trees were removed in 2006 due to a disease called canker. This gradually kills off the tree until eventually they die. We decided to remove them before that happened. The sunken garden was once one of the former stew ponds and later it was part of the war effort to grow extra vegetables for the local hospital.

 So, what is a stew pond?

A stew pond is medieval, and was for producing fish for the table. They would use the different pools to breed the fish and transport from one pool to another depending on their size and what they were going to be used for.

One of our stew ponds

One of our stew ponds

3. When do the Asters flower?

 The asters start to flower at the beginning of August and will continue until the end of September or until the first frosts occur.

Our aster border

Our aster border

4. When was the Carriage driveway designed?

 The main features of the carriage drive are the double line of Scots Pine trees. These were planted in 1907 to the north end of the drive, and evergreens of Holly and Yew at the south end  with the complementing enormous hard wood trees growing from behind.

The carriage driveway

The carriage driveway

5. When is the best time to prune climbing roses?

We have many cascading roses at Upton especially along the terraces. The best time to prune and shape is when they are dormant from November – March onwards. As a rule the later you prune the later they will flower!

Roses on the South Terrace

Roses on the South Terrace

Do you have any questions about our gardens? Tweet us this week @UptonHouseNT or #UptonGardens

 

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