We'll be using Holly in our Christmas decorations!
The Award-Winning Gardens in Winter
Now that the House is closed for the winter season we have been busy putting the gardens to bed, with all of our gardeners hard at work. We are preparing for cold spells to come, and our team have had to make sure that all of our precious ferns are well wrapped up for the coming months! Despite this, the colour in the gardens has been extraordinary, with many flowers right into November. The China Blush Rose at the front of the house is a wonderful example of this – there are still buds to be seen, despite the recent frost! The Giant is sleeping in the low gardens and the Dragon is hibernating for winter. We look forward to seeing them again in spring, when they will awaken just in time for the Marmalade Festival on 14th March!
The garden team have been busy establishing a new garden on the top lawn. The turf is coming up, and we can’t wait to see the transformation!
We hope that visitors to the gardens this winter will enjoy seeing the gardens, and are grateful to everyone who has left wonderful feedback so far. With discounted entry, it is a great time to visit the Gardens, as they are at their most tranquil. It is fascinating to see the shapes of the features at Dalemain reveal themselves as the summer growth dies back. The sleeping giantess, topiary, spiral garden and Tudor Knott garden are all stunning in Winter, especially when carpeted with snow. The south-facing terrace has the first signs of Spring, with well-sheltered aconites beginning to bloom in December, and visitors are often taken with the ghostly shapes of the tree-ferns, wrapped up in their white fleeces.
We are making plans for our Christmas lunches in the Mediaeval hall tearoom, and soon visitors will see further evidence of the gardener’s hard work in the beautiful Christmas decorations! Holly and ivy from the garden will be used to decorate the hall in a wonderful old style, which makes the perfect backdrop to our Christmas lunches.
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