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Old Herbaceous … tales from the Gardens Shed (theatre)

Cancelled  Sorry With covid-19 restrictions this event is unlikely to happen – please check in advance

“Old Herbaceous is an hour and a half of sheer delight”. A one man show, Old Herbaceous himself guides us through the quietly twisting and turning story that is his life.

Old Herbert Pinnegar has spent his life as a gardener at ‘the big house’, he shares his memories with us, he potters around his garden shed sipping tea and potting plants. His story starts back before the Second World War we follow him from humble beginnings and travel right up until he is the old man in his garden shed. Visiting village fetes, first jobs, the Chelsea Flower Show and Torquay along the way.

Described as “Downton Abbey with gardening tips”

Kick in the Head Productions brings this charming tale to delight all gardeners to round off our special NGS and 35th anniversary day.

Tickets are in addition to Garden entrance.

Some seating available. Feel free to bring your own.

Picnics welcome

 

 
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3 extra months for Free

Being a Member of the Gardens has always been ‘a worthwhile thing’.

Not only do you get free entry all year round to see and explore the changing seasons in the historic Gardens there is also a raft of other new benefits, like exclusive summer early evening openings, tea/coffee vouchers and day passes to share with family.

This year of course, it’s all gone a little haywire.

We don’t want our members to miss out so, all existing, new and renewing members* will now get 15 months for the same price as their 12 month membership.

A full 3 extra months for free.

We hope this helps you still to get your fill of lovely moments in the Gardens…

By taking out, or keeping your membership, you know also that you really are helping the Gardens grow! The financial contribution memberships make is currently the only trading income we have… so thank you again.

Here is more about our membership schemes…https://www.castlebromwichhallgardens.org.uk/memberships/

*covers renewing during the time we are closed because of covid-19 only

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Kids and BBC Newsround – good as ever

Just sharing another round up of great things for kids to do.. BBCs Newsround has always been good and our national public broadcaster is really working well in the current situation.

Bug houses, Bee B&Bs, smile stones,  birdfeeders and growing veg are all featured on the current Newsround page… all things our Unplug and Play sessions really encourage.

Until we can welcome you back into the Gardens – why not practice with the Beeb.

I’m looking forward to a set of activities in the Gardens, led by enthusiastic, imaginative and skilled children!

Yes, we can make it happen.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52009318

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Actinidia kolomikta

It’s out and showing off its chameleon like habits!

This scrambling vine has graced the courtyard for quite a few years. It happily climbs the height of our lovely walls and has a strange habit of changing colour as it grows… white and pink in almost random proportion and then into green. 2 years ago it was hard pruned, lest year’s show was meagre.. but this year!!! And we are not there to see it :-((

Actinidia kolomikta was collected by Charles Maries (a local boy from Hampton Lucy in Warwickshire!) from Sapporo in Japan in 1878… which is why it’s in our courtyard and not in the main Garden – ‘wrong period’ we love the Victorians, but our dates are 1680s -1760s.

Here also is a wonderful drawing by Jeni Neale of the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists – a big thank you to her for her permission to share the drawing.

 

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#wegrowtogether plants

The sunny weather is again helping the fair weather gardeners amongst us to get out and pot on…

It you’re planning a proper weekend out – in the back garden/ allotment/ windowsill – here are some very useful links.

‘heir and a spare’

Don’t forget, if you do have any ‘spares’ or ‘extras’ in your propagation pots, do keep a few aside for us, please. If you can.

When we reopen, we’d be very grateful for any donations of plants for us to sell to the public – a way we can raise some funds to fill the hole that has appeared this year. Many thanks  (Ps we cannot take strawberry plants. Please keep your plants at home until we open – we cannot look after them at present. Many thanks

RHS and Garden Organic

The RHS is going all out to create the event of the season online this year. This week saw the launch of My Chelsea Garden, in conjunction with the BBC’s The One Show. It’s a national competition asking people to enter pictures of their garden in one of the following four categories: Back Garden, Front Garden, Indoor Garden (Houseplants, window sills, balconies, etc), and Kids’ Corner Garden.

The competition runs until 18 May so do feel free  to send in your pics using #mychelseagarden 

The RHS are also supporting local nurseries by promoting the Plants Near Me website – if you are looking for plants and gardens product, enter your postcode and see who is still selling- and often delivering.

Working with the earth

As always the national charity for organic growing, Garden Organic has an absolute wealth of advice and helpful information – you can access a lot of their information without being a member…

Here is the link to some great and timely podcasts https://audioboom.com/channels/4987940 

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Gardening Tips for May

Gardener’s Tips for May

It is now time to give your borders some attention. All the sunshine and showers means the garden should now be at its vibrant best. Remove any faded spring bedding at the end of the month, it’s served you well but it’s time for a change and old bedding can be put in the compost bin to go back on the garden next year as mulch.

Once the risk of frost has passed (what do you think?), plant out summer bedding and ensure it is kept well watered so it can establish.

Ensure any perennial weeds are swiftly removed and hoe off any annual weeds , don’t let them get the chance to flower and seed as this will greatly increase your workload. Tie in any shoots of climbing  plants in your border. Plants like clematis are easier to manage when offshoots are short and young, if you allow them to get too long it’s almost impossible to prise them away from other plants they get tangled up in without snapping.

Hanging baskets

If you want hanging baskets plant them up now and allow them to establish for a few weeks in a frost free space make sure that when you put them out you keep them well watered, pick off the dead flowers and give them a liquid fertiliser feed every few weeks this should keep your hanging baskets flowering throughout the summer. 

Veggy times

You can start to harvest rhubarb this month, twist the stem at the base of the plant but ensure you leave a few stems on each crown.

Don’t strip it bare as the plant needs to be able to feed its own crown.  Continuing with this  theme on the vegetable plot, if you have asparagus ensure that you stop cutting to leave some spears to grow at the end of the month. They produce a lovely ferny foliage which is

needed by the asparagus crown to capture sunlight to replenish its crown for next year. Potatoes that were planted in April  (oh yes they were!) can now be earthed up, by drawing up mounds of soil up around the plant this will help the potatoes create more tubers from the buried stems and increase your crop.

You may have been mowing for a few months now, but it’s time to establish a regular routine. Mowing weekly will ensure you get a denser turf. A denser turf means a better looking lawn and less opportunity for weeds to establish – No don’t be tempted to do it too often because your ‘just want to get out there!’  

For further tips follow the link to view the RHS Gardening Tips for #nationalgardeningweek https://www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/national-gardening-week/

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Take a Candide virtual tour of the Gardens

You can get your fix of the Garden via our audio guide app, Candide.

They helped us create an audio tour and it has pictures!

So you can find out about the Gardens and see some of it from the comfort of your phone. Here is a link to our tour. https://candidegardening.com/GB/places/4a33aa4448ace3bdde9d0a3b9510920b

Download the free app (android and apple) to find us and lots more tours of fab gardens… and advice too.

Just search for Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens, scroll down for the tour… click on the pins on the aerial photo and then listen, Scroll up the page for the picture too.

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