Dipping Pond

One of the most important resources for any garden is it’s water supply. At Croome the gardens are blessed with a 14 metre diameter pond which was commissioned by Brown in 1764. Most of the rain water in the garden is captured and transported to the pond through a network of land drains. The water is then redistributed by dipping your bucket in and carrying to the needy plants; hence the name.

Since we began the restoration work we always knew that the pond would require a major overhaul if we were to have any expectations of putting it back to work again. This is probably why we left it for so long but this year, in the grip of the worst drought on record, we seized the opportunity.

The pond leaked badly and the circumference wall was in a very bad state of repair. The best course of action was to start virtually from scratch…

2011-08-07-001 2011-08-07-002 2011-08-07-003 2011-08-07-005 2011-08-07-007 2011-08-07-008 2011-08-07-009 2011-08-07-010 2011-08-08-001 2011-08-08-002 2011-08-08-003 2011-08-08-004

 

2011-08-08-005And then a week later…

2011-08-16-005 2011-08-16-003 2011-08-16-004We decided to install an electric pump which would allow us to send water around the garden without having to carry it. And then followed a burst of inspiration. Why not use the old well next to the pond as a filtration tank and a distribution zone for our precious resource.

2011-09-23-009 2011-09-23-007 2011-09-23-008 2011-09-22-005 2011-09-22-006 2011-09-22-004 2011-09-22-002 2011-09-22-001

 

We’ve gone Bananas

Wondering through the Fig House on this fine afternoon (as you do), we are suddenly distracted by a strange growth eminating from the centre of our 3 year old banana plant. Closer inspection revealed the following :-

2011-08-09-001 2011-08-09-002 2011-08-09-004A week later…

2011-08-21-001 2011-08-21-002-1 2011-08-21-002 2011-08-21-003 2011-08-21-004 2011-08-21-005And then a month on…

2011-09-21-001 2011-09-21-002 2011-09-21-003 2011-09-21-004 2011-09-21-005

Summer under glass

The hot dry Summer has kept us busy opening and closing windows to try and keep the temperature in the Glass Houses under some control. In spite of our efforts the Fig House often exceeds 30 degrees in the mid afternoon.

2011-06-23-021 2011-06-23-022 2011-06-23-023 2011-06-23-024

Roses, such wonderful roses

You may be forgiven for wondering “whatever happened to that promised Rose Garden”. Well, here you go…

2011-06-22-011 2011-06-22-012 2011-06-22-014 2011-06-22-015 2011-06-22-016 2011-06-22-017-1 2011-06-22-017 2011-06-22-018 2011-06-22-019 2011-06-22-020

A mid Summer stroll

It’s hard to believe that we’re half way through the Summer already, though it has been pretty busy inside the Walled Gardens.

2011-06-21-001 2011-06-21-003 2011-06-21-006 2011-06-21-007 2011-06-21-008 2011-06-21-009 2011-06-21-010