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Cold….but so beautiful

I have always had a dislike of the cold.  I thrive on the sun and the heat so on days like these you are likely to find me wrapped up in at least five layers of jumpers and still complaining about numb toes and fingers. But, I have to say, there are so many things […]

Happy Christmas

As we all retreat indoors, ready to spend a few days away from the garden it is comforting to know that everything has been left neat and tidy and the plants that need a bit of extra TLC at this time of year and all safely tucked up somewhere. Our gardeners’ shelter comes in very […]

Damp and dismal

Sometimes it can be hard to keep one’s spirits high at this time of year. It all looks so sad and drab and the nights fall so quickly. Every job we do seems to be a messy one and some days, when the wind is sharp and air damp, we really have to steal ourselves […]

Heritage Lottery project

Memories of Cressing Temple Gardens: Oral history project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Friends of Cressing Temple Gardens were set up in 2013 to support the  gardens and Jubilee Orchard, at Cressing Temple in central Essex.  The Friends work with the garden’s horticulturalist providing financial and practical support for plants, materials and specific […]

Apple day 2018

The weather may have tried its hardest to dampen our spirits on the only rainy day in a fortnight but everyone seemed to agree – Apple Day was as enjoyable as ever and a huge success. The day started reasonably fine and warm, encouraging us to think we may have got away with it and […]

Time flies

It may have been holiday time but things have been busier than ever here and August seems to have passed by in a flash. On one of the hottest days of summer we enjoyed a visit from Wickham Bishops Horticultural society who had booked a tour of the walled garden. With umbrellas and hats to […]

The heat is on

and on and on and on…..When will it end, this relentless hot summer weather and lack of rain? One thing I usually like about gardening is the variety of tasks, but I am beginning to wonder – all we seem to be doing is watering! And while this can be a relaxing and contemplative activity […]