Sizzling summer

What a scorcher! We chose the hottest day of the year so far to hold our summer volunteer BBQ  and we sizzled almost as much as the sausages!   It was a very enjoyable event and a chance to sit down for a change and celebrate the hard work and achievements of the year so […]

Volunteer recruitment

Cressing Temple Gardens need your help   Gardening Mending Making Tuesdays and Thursdays Contact Rebecca for more details rebecca.ashbey@essex.gov.uk 07747670058 Would you like to spend a few hours a week in our beautiful gardens and help to make them even better? We grow herbs, wild flowers, fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. There are all kinds […]

All coming up roses

Rose time is here again and they are looking fabulous. The garden reaches its peak in early June and the recent warm, dry weather has kept the blooms in peak condition and intensified the aromas, resulting in plenty of appreciative oohs and aahs from our visitors this week. Rosa x alba ‘Alba Semiplena’, the white […]

A touch of summer

What a scorcher! The first real taste of summer weather and the gardens seem to be swelling with the joy of it all. The end of May and beginning of June have got to be about the best weeks of the gardening year. The growth is lush and healthy, flower buds are bursting out everywhere […]

Morocco highlights

I visited Morocco for five days this week to represent Cressing Temple as part of a conference called ‘Growing Gardens’. The conference, part of a larger project called Shore to Shore, was designed to encourage dialogue and the sharing of ideas between Britain, Spain and Morocco, with a focus on gardens. Using existing work in […]

Lessons learnt

There is always something to be learnt from gardening and often the best lessons are from our mistakes. This was brought home to me lately when I  experienced the consequence of pruning lavender too fiercely, too late in the year, with the embarrassing result of losing a good number of the plants we put in last year at […]

Learning to cross the road

It has been busy at Cressing and not just for the gardeners. Everywhere you look there are birds working frantically to collect nesting material, find enough food for hungry hatchlings or encourage them out into the big wide world. Keep up! Every year the apple blossom, at its point of perfection, is an amazing sight and […]