As seen on Gardener’s World

Ellicar Gardens opens for the National Garden Scheme
25th Feb 12noon-4pm

explore our 5 acre gardens with grasses and seed heads left standing around our Natural Pool for winter.
Our Winter Garden is full of fragrant flowering shrubs, snowdrops and hellebores
Enjoy swathes of fiery Cornus and coloured willows and specimen trees with winter bark.
adults £4.50 children free.
combined entry with Holmes Villa, Walkeringham
Plant sales, teas at Holmes Villa.

New Beach Border

We finally planted up the new Beach Border mid June- just 3 days before the first Open garden Event (nothing like a bit of pressure!), incredably in 2 months it has grown and filled out beautifully. It has turned out to be the most popular border for bees- they seem to flock to every plant in droves so that the whole border vibrates and hums- incredable! I noticed the other day whilst weeding thro' that bee families tend to gather on specific plants- are they sticking together or is it that particular plant that draws a particular species? It is easy to get quite obsessed with bees in this garden! Also weeding close up amongst these bee drenched plants does take a few nerves-I have been told the bees are no hazard whilst they are collecting nectar- in fact they seem so drunk on the stuff and in their own little world I almost feel like an intruder! Interestingly the lovely tall Sanguisorbia menziesii Alba didn't attract any bees- but were covered in wasps and hoverflies.Bog Border June 2013 rb