10 facts about Alliums

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10 facts about Alliums

Bees and butterflies love alliums, as do many gardeners. Deer and rabbit, however, tend to shy away from them – and that could be due to the rather pungent aroma they can give off if the stems are broken! Alliums look stunning when planted in borders, beds and pots. However, they look their most spectacular when planted in groups. They’re … Read More

A brief history of Victorian herbalism

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herbalism

Herbalism or botanical medicine is one of the oldest traditions around. The Egyptians used herbs for medicine, as did indigenous healers around the world. In Britain, herbalism can be traced back thousands of years. The British Library has a copy of a ‘leech book’ – thought to date back as far as the 800s CE! Medieval lay healers used herbs, … Read More

Traditional picnics – the Victorian way

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Picnics the Vitorian Way

Picnics, the ideal opportunity to meet up with friends and family, enjoy an informal yet tasty meal, whilst having fun in the great outdoors. Wealthy landowners loved a good picnic, as it gave them the chance to sit and enjoy the scenery their estates gave them. However, it was the Victorians who brought picnics to the masses. Their popularity was, … Read More

10 Facts about the beautiful wisteria plant

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Wisteria

Wisteria is a beautiful, delicately scented climber that graces many a wall in the UK. Ideal for training up structures, pergolas and trees, it’s a popular plant and loved by many. Here are our top 10 facts about this popular climber. #1: Wisteria is part of the legume family The legume family is also home to peas, beans, lentils and … Read More

A Brief History of the Victorian Glasshouse

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Temperate House

The greenhouse, otherwise known as the Victorian glasshouse, became an iconic feature of british gardens during the Victorian era. As the Victorian’s love of gardening grew, the need to house their fragile, temperature controlled and valuable plants did too. The glasshouse provided a home for these species, whilst also paving the way for plant experimentation and cultivation. A status symbol … Read More

Take a leisurely stroll around the nature walks around Grim’s Dyke

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Orchard Walk

For the nature lovers and walkers staying in the Harrow Weald area, Grim’s Dyke is a perfect location. Not only do you have our own grounds to walk around, but there’s also a few well-known nature walks around for you to explore the local flora and fauna. No matter what your walking abilities and experience, you can enjoy a pleasant … Read More

The Kitchen Garden in May

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Growing the tomatoes. Unripe tomatoes in the vegetable garden

Summer is finally making an appearance. For the gardeners among us, it’s one of the busiest months, as the plant growth increases and the weather keeps us on our toes! Sunny warm days inevitably bring on rapid growth in the kitchen garden, just as with other gardens and lawns. However, the warmer weather also encourages the weeds and garden pests … Read More

Share in Lady Gilbert’s love of roses, with this brief history

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Lady Gilbert's Love of Roses

Roses are one of the most popular garden shrubs in the world. They’ve been grown since early civilisations, being grown in ancient Babylon, as well as in Chinese, Egyptian and Greek gardens, as far back as 500 BC. Lady Gilbert had a particular fondness for roses. She created a beautiful sunken rose garden within the grounds of Grim’s Dyke and … Read More

How to make your garden winter wildlife-friendly

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Blue Tit

Wildlife-friendly gardening is something we all aspire to do, especially here at Grim’s Dyke. We like to think we’re doing what we can, to help preserve our wildlife friends – and many of you feel the same. The key to a wildlife-friendly garden is to provide plenty to eat and safe hiding places for all kinds of wildlife visitors to … Read More

How to create a wildlife-friendly garden

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Wildlife Friendly Garden

We all understand the importance of protecting our wildlife. Many of us can easily do our part, by ensuring our gardens are wildlife friendly places. Of course, attracting the wildlife into your garden not only helps the wildlife populations, it also helps keep garden pests under control too. So, if you’re looking to create a wildlife friendly garden, here’s some … Read More