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Garden Inspiration

Bank Holiday Monday

It’s a standard open day at Grimsthorpe this holiday Monday. Season tickets are valid and the sun  is already shining. It looks like it could be a great day for a picnic, or a stroll around the lake, or a bike ride, or to spend time in the kitchen garden, or to seek out the cool rooms of the castle…

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Topiary trim

Trimming the Topiary

Every year the topiary yew hedges at Grimsthorpe receive their annual trim. This is a really long job! Setting up the ladders, spraying the hedge with water (it makes the leaves easier to cut and provides a much sharper finish) and then taking care to avoid cropping the wrong bits. It’s a real work of art. Here you can see…

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Judas Tree

Tree of the Week

Cercis siliquastrum   The ‘Judas Tree’ The generic name, Cercis, comes from the Greek ‘Kerkis’, a weaver’s shuttle, which Theophrastus likened the tree’s flattened woody fruits to. Its specific name refers to the prominent seedpods – ‘siliqua’ in latin. It is alleged to be the type of tree from which Judas Iscariot hanged himself but it could be that the…

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