Top 10 Victorian flowers

Samantha PillingHistory, The Gardens

Bouquet of spring flowers in basket

The Victorians loved flowers. Not only did they use them to adorn their homes, they were also used to scent their toiletries and clothes, flowers also had hidden symbolism too. Many a Victorian sweetheart could send unwritten wording through their choice of floral bouquet.   Here’s the top flowers of choice for the Victorians, along with what message they portrayed.  #1: The … Read More

10 facts about Rhododendrons

Samantha PillingThe Gardens

Rhodedendron

Rhododendrons make for a splendid display in any formal garden. These evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs flower between late winter through to early summer, granting us a beautiful backdrop of large, delicate, exotic-looking flowers. Not only did Lady Gilbert love them, here’s 10 reasons why we do too! #1: Planting Rhododendrons takes some planning Lady Gilbert planted her Rhododendrons … Read More

The perennial Allium

Samantha PillingHistory, The Gardens

The perennial Allium

Lady Lucy Gilbert loved her flowers. Having planted the formal garden at Grim’s Dyke, along with the sunken rose garden, she ensured there were always beautiful and colourful flowers to break up the seasons. Dotted amongst the roses in the sunken garden, Lady Gilbert had planted both Geraniums and Alliums. The Allium family Alliums are part of the large Amaryllidaceae … Read More

Snowdrops – 10 surprising facts about these dainty little flowers

Samantha PillingThe Gardens

Snowdrops - 10 Surprising Facts

One of the first flowers of the new year, the snowdrop is one our most endearing flowers. Not only does it remind us that spring is just around the corner, this delicate bell-shaped flower, has an interesting background. Here’s 10 things you didn’t know about the snowdrop. #1: It’s Greek name ‘Galanthus’, translates as the ‘milk flower’! Known by several … Read More

Flowers and plants that attract bees

Samantha PillingThe Gardens

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If you want to attract bees into your garden, you don’t have to turn the whole garden into a mass of pollen-producing flowers (although that would look amazing!). You can easily help the bees in your area, by ensuring you have pollen and nectar rich plants for the different seasons. If you have plenty of room, you could also section … Read More

How to choose flowers for your wedding day

Samantha PillingWeddings

Wedding Flowers Grims Dyke Blog

There’s a massive amount of planning to be done, once you’ve agreed to get married. Initially, your focus will be on the all-important wedding dress and venue however, once those key factors are in place, your attention will inevitably turn to your wedding floral arrangements. So, how do you choose what flowers to have on your wedding day? Here’s some … Read More

What does your choice of wedding flower say?

Samantha PillingLatest News, Weddings

wedding flower

It’s long been known that flowers can convey a hidden message, with each colour and variety holding a secret key. When it comes to picking your wedding bouquet flowers, for many, it can be a simple case of selecting the most suitable colours for your overall wedding colour scheme – but have you considered what your choice of wedding flower … Read More

How to look after your Roses

Samantha PillingLatest News, The Gardens

roses

Lady Gilbert had her own rose garden in the grounds of Grim’s Dyke and women the world over love to receive them, but how many of us know how to really look after them – regardless of whether they are growing plants or cut flowers? Cut Roses You can tell roses are fresh, by gently squeezing where the petals join the stem … Read More

What’s happening in the Grim’s Dyke gardens during June?

Samantha PillingLatest News, The Gardens

June Garden

I’ve joined our lovely Head Gardener Helenka, for my monthly stroll around the grounds of Grim’s Dyke. It’s a chance, not only to catch up with Helenka but also to find out what’s happening in the kitchen garden, orchard and grounds generally, during the month of June. Green springing up everywhere! When it comes to green growth, you can’t fail … Read More

What’s happening in the Grim’s Dyke garden during April?

Samantha PillingLatest News, The Gardens

I’ve been speaking to the lovely head gardener at BEST WESTERN The Grim’s Dyke Hotel, Helenka. She’s been with us for 7 years now, and ensures our kitchen is kept topped up with only the best organic produce. Helena recently walked me around the kitchen garden and the orchard to show me what’s happening during April. Spring is in the … Read More