What's in flower in our beautiful gardens?
Nectar-loving insects are having a ball at Dalemain! Eupatorium, Sedum, Actaea, Achillea and Buddleia are smothered in bees and butterflies. Late summer colour is provided by Tithonia, Verbascum, Rudbeckia, Colchicums and many of the Dahlia 'Bishops' to name but a few. A touch of autumn is evident in many places. Some roses are developing well-coloured hips, especially R. glauca and R. moyesii. In the Low Garden autumnal tints are beginning to glow on Parrotia persica and the fruit trees are heaving under a heavy harvest this year.
Gardening Team's Tip of the Week
Its a great time to propagate your favourite shrubs by semi-ripe cuttings. Choose a stem that has started to become woody and cut a pencil - length piece just below a node. Strip the lower leaves. Dip the cut end in some hormone rooting powder and push well into a pot of gritty compost at the side of the pot. You can put several, up to 5 or 6, into one pot. Place somewhere cool and remember to keep the compost slightly moist. when the cutting produces new shoots, or you can see roots at the bottom of the pot, it is ready to pot on.
We look forward to seeing you in the Garden!
The Dalemain Gardening Team
CHRISTMAS AT DALEMAIN
Dalemain Christmas Lunches In the Mediaeval Hall from Sun 8th & Sun 15th until Wed 18th December
The perfect setting for a traditional festive treat, whether you're a group of work colleagues, family or friends. We also cater for larger groups & parties and can book a separate date if required.
Why not combine your visit with a glass of mulled wine and a walk through the Estate to Dacre Castle and back before lunch. The walk is one mile each way and a Dacre walk leaflet will be given out with your mulled wine.
Also, Christmas Gifts at Dalemain The perfect and unique gift for a friend or loved one...........
Dalemain Wins HHA/Christie's Prestigious Garden of the Year Award 2013
The charming English gardens of Dalemain, nestled in the Lake District, have won the 2013 Garden of the Year Award sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christie’s. This prestigious national award, now in its 29th year, is designed to recognise the importance of gardens with outstanding horticultural and public appeal, either in their own right or as the setting for an historic house.
Yet another record number of jars sent into the World's Original Marmalade Awards held at Dalemain annually in March
An international competition founded by Jane Hasell-McCosh. For the past eight years, Dalemain has hosted The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival firmly placing it at the centre of the marmalade map. From 50 jars in 2005, the Awards have grown each year and this year, nearly 2,000 jars of marmalade were entered and judged.
Dalemain wins prestigious Heritage Award for best event 2012
Dalemain has been presented with a prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Award for Best Event 2012 - The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival.