The garden at Honeywood has been more or less out of bounds for the last couple of months while major and very necessary repairs have been carried out on the roof. This work is now complete, and the scaffolding has come down. We are beginning to see the benefits as the house has withstood several heavy downpours without leaking. However, has also left the garden looking uncared for: the leaves have not been cleared and the repeated passage of the builders has worn a path across the grass. It is also the low point of the year with most of the plants either died back or dormant. The exceptions are two little cyclamens, pictured below, which are in flower.
Above and below: the bed by the Festival Walk wall – which was mostly planted last autumn is now looking good
We did some archaeology on it about a decade ago which showed that it has quite a complicated history with parts probably going back to the 18th century. It was badly damaged by the roots of the acer which planted too close to it many years ago. The pond is not in a happy state as you can see from the picture. The wall needs to be repaired preserving as much of the original as possible. Some investigation and a good deal of thought is needed. The springs have risen so the bottom is a mixture of mud and water which will make the investigation somewhat unpleasant, but it is nice to see the culvert under the house flowing again.
Honeywood Garden News
Follow our progress as we renovate the gardens at Honeywood Museum.