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Auricula information and sales day

To celebrate our 17th century Gardens’ new ‘Auricula Theatre’ feature we are holding a day with specialist growers HillView Hardy Plants.

The nursery people from HillView will answer questions, give advice about growing, and of course sell you some of their lovely range of plants, which will be at their height around this time.

The Primula auricula is usually known as auricula, or by the folk names of mountain cowslip or bear’s ear. The upright stalks and colourful headed flowers were popular, and coveted,  from the early 17th century. Rare beauties were so prized that they were sometimes presented to a seated and expectant audience, appearing from behind a curtain, with many ‘oohs and ahhs’.

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Auricula …not a very prim primula

To celebrate our 17th century Gardens’ new ‘Auricula Theatre’ feature we are holding a day with specialist growers HillView Hardy Plants.

On Easter Bank Holiday Monday,  the nursery people from HillView will answer questions, give advice about growing, and of course sell you some of their lovely range of plants, which will be at their height around this time.

The Primula auricula is usually known as auricula, or by the folk names of mountain cowslip or bear’s ear. The upright stalks and colourful headed flowers were popular, and coveted,  from the early 17th century. Rare beauties were so prized that they were sometimes presented to a seated and expectant audience, appearing from behind a curtain, with many ‘oohs and ahhs’.

As growers became ‘enthusiasts’, this approach led to the practice of displaying the plants on layered shelving or within a framed arch – just like a theatre. Some ‘ auricula theatres’ were modest others,

Theatre at Calke Abbey

frankly, ostentatious.

As a 17th/18th century Garden, there would undoubtedly have been auriculas grown here.

by courtesy of the National Galleries Scotland

In the Music Room this summer we are displaying a reproduction of a flower painting (from around 1712, by Dutch painter Jan van Huysum). We already grow most of the flowers that appear in his picture … but not auricula. So…

Our, modest but authentic, Auricula Theatre will complement the season of mini-flower exhibits reflecting the picture in the Music Room.

Come along on Easter Bank Holiday Monday to find out more.

Part of our #GrowtheGardens fundraising this year.

Snowdrops: Return to the light

Another chance to see our snowdrops alongside the Hellebores in our Lower Wilderness areas. Our later varieties will be beginning to show around this time. Can you spot the different patterns of green within the sweet white petals?

An event for all the family. Short guided walks, sales and self guided trails and activities around the Gardens.

Celebrate the return of the light with the ‘sweet harbinger of Spring’.

 

Half Term activities start on Monday 20th, but there’ll be plenty for families to explore on this Sunday event too.

Hot drinks and homemade soup available.

£4.50 (including optional Gift Aid), Children £1
RHS & Garden members £3.20

Snowdrops: Return to the light

A chance to see our early snowdrops peeking through alongside the Hellebores in our Lower Wilderness areas. An event for all the family. Short guided walks, making simple lanterns or a Brigid’ cross, and meet the Green Man of the Woods.

Celebrate the return of the light with the ‘sweet harbinger of Spring’.

Buy your Snowdrops and Hellebores for Spring.

Hot drinks and homemade soup available.

Come back to see the later flowering snowdrops on a second snowdrop Sunday (19th February).

£4.50 (including optional Gift Aid), Children £1
RHS & Garden members £3.20

Dig, crush, drink, eat

Fresh as fresh as fresh… Our harvest apple celebration is fast approaching. It’s been positively Isaac-Newton-like here with apples from our heritage orchard plopping, heavy and ripe, to the ground.

This year, as well as all the lovely entertainment, displays and activities, we want to invite visitors to get some really fresh tastes from our,and their own, gardens.

You can have a go at crushing an apple and tasting the juice it makes.

Which is your favourite?

We’ll have up to 6 different varieties to choose from. We bet you have never tasted anything like it from the supermarket.

Some of this year’s harvest from our two heritage orchards has already been bottled for you to buy – stock up ready for mulled apple juice at Christmas.

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Is there an apple tree in your garden or on a piece of public common land nearby?

Why not harvest some and bring along a bag to juice here?  If you bring along a clean jug or plastic bottle you can take it home to drink later that day.

(don’t forget to leave some on the tree for the birds).

Underground potatoes …

By Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsYes, its true. Potatoes grow underground, in the dark.

Don’t believe us? Come along on Sunday 16th, borrow a fork and dig up some of ours… and hey, you can even take them home and bake them for tea (£1 a large bag).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harvest!

Green is the colour of plenty.

Our vast veg plot – the Batty Langley garden – has been really well tended this year and all the hard work is paying off.

This year’s newly planted Globe Artichokes are fattening up, the Courgettes and Squashes are plump green and growing gold (could be another good Pumpkin year), the first early Potatoes are lifted and the maincrop are coming soon.

The Runner Beans and the yummy Dwarf French Beans are being harvested and will be on sale in the shop over the next couple of weeks.

The Leeks and Cabbages are coming on, but the Cardoons and Jerusalem artichokes have a way to go yet.

globe artichokesThis year we have started planting the site with some older, period varieties and – to save our volunteers from overdoing it – concentrating on veg. that produces good ground cover… hey, we have 10 acres of weeding and trimming to do – some shortcuts are worth it!

Unfortunately the heady fragrance of the sweet peas are now finished, but I just love the multitude of tasty greenness in this area.

Make sure these lovely crops don’t go to waste; they are all affordable and super fresh from our shop – (free entry to the shop).