Some beautiful, warm and sunny days have given rise to feelings that spring has now arrived and the gardens at Eaton are definitely showing signs of this. David, our Head Gardener, tells of how a sure sign of this is that the Snowdrops are now all but over and the Daffodils are starting to bloom.
What is Starting to Bloom
The Daffodils that were planted in their hundreds last autumn, as part of our local community effort, are now coming through, as well as the Tulips and some of the various blossoms on the estate – although the main cherry blossoms are biding their time before making their spectacular show (a sight well worth seeing when they do!).
Winter Jobs Completed
Various winter jobs are now complete, such as the bare root tree planting, mulching of the borders and most of the perennial division of plants.
Spring Jobs Commenced
Once the Snowdrop flowers are over they put their energy back in to the bulbs and this is the perfect time to lift them and divide them for next year. David has been busy lifting and dividing the Snowdrops at Eaton to spread them around the estate.
The regular task of grass cutting has now begun and slightly earlier than last year due to the warmer weather we’ve been enjoying.
In the greenhouses David has started the summer bedding which, this year, will be a simple theme of Cosmos and Nasturtium, attracting more bees and wildlife in general.
Ground care on the grass has been started, with the removal of weeds from the garden lawns and the large outdoor playing field having been rolled and aerated.
Lilies and Dahlias will soon be planted on the entrance border along the driveway.
Eaton Cottage Pond Project
Work has been taking place this winter on the pond at Eaton Cottage with the aim of reducing the depth for safety reasons whilst maintaining its primary purpose of draining water from the fields above and sending it on down to the Eaton Brook, as well as to be an attractive haven for wildlife.
Work began with emptying the pond and distributing the plants locally, followed by filling the space with large stones which were then covered with a membrane and topped with cobble stones. The end result is that the pond is now a safe two to four inches deep and the fountain remains and bubbles away gently for guests to enjoy.