Park Life: Summer in the Walled Garden
We’ve reached the height of Summer and the Walled Garden at Normanby Hall is bursting with colour. Our Parks and Gardens team have been hard at work behind the scenes giving this area a makeover for 2020.
As part of a ‘Dig for Victory’ theme, the team are growing vegetables that would have been the staple during the Second World War, including many cultivars that haven’t been grown before at Normanby. Planting beds have been prepared ready for further planting out of vegetables, providing produce into Autumn. Netted frames have been added to protect the produce from our feathered friends, the peacocks!
The team has been developing a ‘no-dig’ approach to the new vegetable beds, making use of an organic growing medium / mulch over existing topsoil; this approach will be continued next year, hopefully using our own compost material from the gardens.
Grass paths have been added to help visitors to get closer to crops and flower beds. And, at this time of year, there is plenty to enjoy, with the flower beds in front of the Vinery featuring beautiful blooms of colourful Zinnias, Cosmos and Chrysanthemums.
Elsewhere in the garden, the emblem bedding displays installed to commemorate VE Day are still flowering very well in red, white and blue.
Looking ahead, unfinished beds have been covered by black, mulch sheeting to kill off any weeds for the remainder of this season and the team will commence finishing these areas during late Autumn and Winter 2020/21.
One popular Autumn crop that is growing strongly are the pumpkins. They were given early protection from the Peacocks. This year’s apple crop looks promising too.
The Walled Garden is open daily from 11am to 3.30pm. We hope our visitors enjoy seeing these exciting improvements develop through the seasons.