The gardens at John Clare Cottage are maintained by our group of willing volunteers. They consist of a herb garden, together with a fruit bed, a vegetable patch, a flowering herbacious border and an orchard.
The plants are varities that would have been around in the time of John Clare. We also have our own bee hive and have successfully produced our own honey which, when available, can be purchased in the Cottage Shop.
Spring has arrived in the John Clare Cottage garden. Our gage tree was smothered in blossom until recently and we are hopeful for a good crop of golden gage fruits later in the autumn. In the herb garden, sage, mint, fennel, lemon balm, savory and tansy are growing strongly.
The herbaceous beds are filled with a rich and colourful variety of cottage flowers including aquilegia,foxgloves, love-in-a-mist, forget-me-nots, solomon’s seal, lavender and alliums, all of which prove attractive to bees, butterflies and other insects. On the garden arbours and trellises roses, honeysuckle and clematis are all coming into flower.
In the fruit and vegetable areas we are growing potatoes, onions, squashes and soft fruits including summer and autumn raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries. Apple and pear trees have already set fruit.
In the new garden (still under construction), the beds, designed by Chelsea Gold medallist Adam Frost, are maturing and looking attractive filled with euphorbia, grasses, black sambuca and foxgloves.
The John Clare cottage beehive is still ‘holidaying away’ whilst construction of the garden continues, but we do still have local honey on sale in the shop.
Cottage Weather for the past month
|May 2014||May 2013|
|Highest Temp||25.3 Deg C||22.6 Deg C|
|Lowest Temp||-0.3 Deg C||-1.3 Deg C|
|Rainfall||108.8 mm||50.7 mm|
|Max Wind Speed||27 mph||27 mph|