Even though it’s October there is still plenty to see in the Walled Garden, as well as the wider park. Autumn foliage is just starting and this beauty never fails. The star of the garden this month has to be Stags Horn Sumach, otherwise known as Rhus typhina.
There’s lost to touch and see when it comes to this tree; people ask why it’s called Stags Horn, well the young growth is covered in a downy velvet, just like a stags horn. Children love it! It’s a great little tree for a small garden, but it does have a tendency to produce suckers. For this reason it is quite often grown in grass and the cutting keeps them at bay. Sometimes on mature specimens, flower heads like candles appear. It’s a super little tree.
Related posts: Star of the Garden – August, Star of the Garden – July, Star of the Garden – June
The museum of found objects is also known as my office. It started from a bottle found in a wall in the Central Lodge, and has steadily grown to include larger items such as bricks and the wheels which moved the coach house doors.
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Well that’s it – autumn is here. The first sign for me is the subtle changes in colour of the trees along my drive along the A174 on the way to my job at Stewart Park; it’s always the first indicator that autumn is knocking at the door.
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We’ve been working on the Heritage Lottery Fund project to renovate the Central Lodge for the better part of a year now – some of us even longer! Working on a project like this is incredible and brings so many challenges and rewards. As we enter the final few months of the project we’ve been looking back at all of the things we’ve learned so far. And what better way to share these than to write a blog post all about them!
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As work on the renovation of the Central Lodge draws to a close, I think this is a good time to reflect on one of my favourite rooms in the building and the changes which have occurred in it throughout the course of the project. This stable space has always been one of my favourite rooms in the building, in no small part due to just how many original features have survived within it.
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