Garden News

THE GARDENS REMAIN OPEN SUBJECT TO RBC STAFF BEING AVAILABLE TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE FACILITY. THE FRIENDS HOPE THAT THE GARDENS WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO EXERCISE WHILST OBSERVING GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TEA KIOSK IS NOT OPEN.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO VISIT WE INTEND POSTING IMAGES OF THE GARDENS ESPECIALLY OF PLANTS CURRENTLY IN BLOOM.


This spring we have been fortunate to have a lovely display of white flowered tulips in the Western Border.







Two other plants that are well worth looking out for at this stage are the Californian Lilac (Ceanothus) spreading on the wall at the top of the Gallery Garden and the unusual Wire Netting Bush (Corokia) which at present is showing clusters of small yellow star-shaped flowers. Corokia is a native of New Zealand and our small bush can be found just beyond the large magnolia plant once you alight the steps leading from the Gallery Garden. It is well-named, the zig-zagging branches forming a net pattern.



                                                                          
Ceanothus
Corokia
 
As we move into May the Eastern Border is marked by the intense purple coloured globes of our Allium species together with dark coloured irises and the beautiful red peonies











RECENT NEWS
We are sad to report that the Diocese have had to fell one of the signature limes near the Rectory this week.  It was one of two common limes near our entrance gates which have borne huge clusters of mistletoe in their upper reaches.  The tree had to be felled because it was causing damage to the perimeter wall.  We understand that the Diocese will be replacing it with a small leaved lime tree in that area.  We will keep you posted on the planting.  Small leaved limes are relatively uncommon these days but were originally the dominant lime species. They suffered from over competition in woodlands and slowness to reproduce so have been replaced in most situations by the common hybrid lime.  



Also, Reading Borough Council has planted a new copper beech in front of the stable block, which has just now come into leaf.

REINSTATEMENT OF THE HOUSE FOOTPRINT

We are delighted that relaying of the house footprint was completed in December.  Limestone from Vraca (Vratsa), Bulgaria, has been used to outline the main 'rooms' of the Victorian house, with composite concrete around the entrance area.  A new feature is that oak has been used to mark doorways, whereas the thresholds were previously delineated in the same stone as the walls showing the 19th century mansion.



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