I spent a few minutes yesterday looking around the Walled Garden at Parke. It is a very different place now that winter has come but nevertheless it is not completely asleep or dormant. There is always something interesting going on which reflects the place and the world we live in.
On the outside – looking in
Looking down from the former ‘sun trap’ corner across the Walled Garden with the vineyard in the foreground and the vegetable plots in the distance
The vines – a few leaves left but essentially bedding down and waiting for spring
The leeks are however in full flow – how many of these will be on a Christmas Day plate?
Chard – if only it tasted as good as it looks
Preparation is everything
I fear these figs have mistimed their appearance – the result of a hugely mild autumn stretching into November – the mildest on record
I’ve even got fruiting strawberries in my garden – they are green and will stay so before they disappear …. unless ….
Here are a few shots from Parke’s Walled Garden
Lovely display of miniature daffodils – they may be small but they are around the same size as wild daffodils!
Beautiful colours in these quince flowers
Almond flowers – really deep pinks and purples
The vineyard – still sleeping
The view from the top of the Walled Garden down towards Bovey Tracey
Glorious sunny day in the Walled Garden at Parke yesterday – here are a few photos.
Little bowl of daffs
The almond is flowering – pretty spectacular
It was swarming with honey bees and hoverflies – this one is the drone fly Eristalis tenax. These were the first honey bees and hoverflies I had seen this year
And here is an almond from last year
It is less than a decade ago that we started to restore Parke’s Walled Garden – here are a few photographs showing some of that work.
The walls are being ‘repainted’ with lime wash – the garden is still a jungle and the capping wall tins have yet to be replaced
Repairing the main wall
An old photo from the early 1900s – note the glass house and the box hedges around the beds
Major Hole’s gardener
This pit outside the Walled Garden used to house the boiler for the glass house – you can still see some of the pipework
It is good to see the Walled Garden now back in use and we hope that as the years go by and more money becomes available we will be able to restore some of the other older features that were once in the garden.
And finally the sunset over the Walled Garden yesterday evening