A Walled Garden in winter

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.

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On the outside – looking in

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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

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The vines – a few leaves left but essentially bedding down and waiting for spring

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The leeks are however in full flow – how many of these will be on a Christmas Day plate?

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Chard – if only it tasted as good as it looks

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Preparation is everything

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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 ….

Parke’s Walled Garden is coming alive

Here are a few shots from Parke’s Walled Garden

Parke WG2Lovely display of miniature daffodils – they may be small but they are around the same size as wild daffodils!

Parke WG3Beautiful colours in these quince flowers

Parke WG4Almond flowers – really deep pinks and purples

Parke WG1Onions

Parke WG6 The vineyard – still sleeping

Parke WG5The view from the top of the Walled Garden down towards Bovey Tracey

Spring in the Walled Garden

Glorious sunny day in the Walled Garden at Parke yesterday – here are a few photos.

Parke 1Little bowl of daffs

Parke 2The almond is flowering – pretty spectacular

Parke 3It 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

Parke 4And  here is an almond from last year

Parke Walled Garden – some old photos

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.

Parke WG7The walls are being ‘repainted’ with lime wash – the garden is still a jungle and the capping wall tins have yet to be replaced

Parke WG6Repairing the main wall

Parke WG3An old photo from the early 1900s – note the glass house and the box hedges around the beds

Parke WG2Major Hole’s gardener

Parke WG4This 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.

Parke WG1And finally the sunset over the Walled Garden yesterday evening