THE AWARD WINNING HISTORIC GARDENS IN SEPTEMBER
INSECTS & LATE SUMMER PLANTS - The garden is just beginning to take on all its Autumn charm.
As we start to get the colder nights the garden begins to retreat so this week we have started to reorganise our hostas – always the first to go with the early frosts and important to lift and divide and we will be putting many of the big ones along the new gravel path where the combination of leaf shapes are so pretty. We have almost perfect hostas in the garden all due to our friends the hedgehogs who are doing a stirling job on killing the snails and slugs and live quietly without showing themselves very often.
I love this time of year it has so much fulfilment about it with apples ripe on the trees and vegetable to harvest and it is a moment when the garden seems to hold its breath with flowers flowering to their last petal and still looking lovely. Certainly the garden is glorious with bees and butterflies busily gathering the pollen from sedums and echiums that have flowered all summer.
NEW PROJECTS AND WORK IN PROGRESS 2015:
We have undertaking a big programme of renovation in the LOW GARDEN & this will be ongoing throughout the year.
Keep weeding your beds! Time spent weeding now will pay dividends next year. Remember to be very thorough with weeds such as bindweed, ground elder and enchanter's nightshade; the tiniest bit of root left in the soil will happily regenerate. If you can catch weeds such as bittercress and goosegrass before they go to seed, so much the better.
Plant out summer bedding plants now. It's not too late to sow fast growing plants such as Calendula and Cosmos for a colourful display late in the season.
Cutting back Pulmonaria, after it has flowered, will provide nice fresh leaf growth for the summer months.
Prune spring flowering shrubs and trees once they have finished flowering.
Feed and weed lawns, or alternatively go round with a daisy grubber removing unwanted weeds such as dandelions.
Keep up with the staking; many plants grow fast at this time of year and a mass of blooms can weigh them down. Strong winds and heavy rain can also wreak havoc.
In amongst all this busy-ness, don't forget to enjoy your garden; on a sunny evening, be still and notice things: which plants are thriving and which could do with more space, which plants would make good partners for future planting schemes, who's nesting where, and what is that lovely scent wafting on the breeze....
We look forward to seeing you in the Garden!
The Dalemain Gardening Team
NEW EVENT IN AID OF CHARITY - The Nepalese Day of the Dog - Sun 4th Oct - 10.30am to 1pm
Visit Dalemain on Sunday 4th October from 10.30am to 1pm to celebrate the Napalese Day of the Dog while fund-raising for three Nepalese charities. Full details below.
NEW VACANCY - MARKETING, EVENTS & HOUSE OPENING ASSISTANT
To a play a key role in promoting this beautiful mansion house & gardens, it's tearoom, events, the Dalemain marmalade collection and assist with day to day operations.
'DACRE & DALEMAIN DAYS' - For Every Ticket purchased at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens a donation will be given to Dacre Church
When you visit Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens on the 'Dacre & Dalemain Days Out' and present your ticket at Dacre Church a donation from Mr & Mrs McCosh will be given.
NEW BOOK NOW: Bespoke Botanical Drawing Courses with Mark Fothergill - World Renowned Botanical Artist
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - MARK FOTHERGILL - WORLD RENOWNED BOTANICAL ARTIST
Book now to reserve a place on our new Botanical Drawing courses with Mark Fothergill, formerly Botanic Artist to Kew Gardens and Fellow of the Linnean Society.
WELCOME TO DALEMAIN MANSION & HISTORIC GARDENS OPEN SUN to THURS - 10.30am to 5.00pm
The Historic House & Gardens officially opened for the Summer Season on Sunday 29th March 2015 and we look forward to welcoming you to Dalemain.
LATEST PRESS RELEASE: World’s Best Marmalade Makers Crowned at 2015 Marmalade Festival
WINNING MARMALADE MAKERS MORE INVENTIVE THAN EVER IN 10TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR WITH RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES AND VISITORS
Moorings available on Lake Ullswater
Contact Dalemain now to secure a licence to moor your boat on the most beautiful lake in the Lake District
GREAT TASTE AWARDS NEWS 2014
Dalemain Marmalades have excelled at this year's Great Taste Awards.
PENRITH REMEMBERS 1914 - 1918
Penrith Remembers Launches The Centenary Programme of the Commemoration of the World War 1 at Dalemain
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.