So what a lovely summer it has been after such a dreadful spring. Our gardens and grounds were a good month behind schedule as well as bees, butterflies and dragonflies only starting to appear in late July.

As many of you with green fingers will know, this time of year a lot of the day to day jobs are very mundane. Staff spend a lot of time weeding, deadheading, mowing lawns and edging borders. It is a great chance for visitors to approach our gardeners and talk about their work along with any tips and tricks that you can use on your own garden. For any regular visitors our salvia did not make it through the season due to a challenging climate but the good news is our heliotrope, which was struggling in early summer made it through in the end.

The Rose Garden is looking wonderful at the moment and Joe has managed to propagate some Frensham roses which are no longer grown by nurseries. You can find our Frensham roses just to the right of the path as you enter the rose garden from the castle end. Joe hopes to introduce his next season.

Joe has recently joined twitter. His username is @ParasiteJoe where he will be tweeting about interesting wildlife, ecological finds and general gardening.

Fiona has been working hard in the Shakespeare garden where she is establishing a camomile lawn that will be ready for visitors to enjoy during our 2014 season.

Steve, who can usually be found in the Elizabethan Garden, has re-established the border on the far side so next season the borders on both sides will be full with lots of height up the brick walls.

The gardening team have been able to use the money made from visitors who kindly purchased plants, to invest in a lawn roller and we plan to try to turn the old cricket pitch into a lovely flat croquet lawn.

It is almost time for England’s Medieval Festival to turn the gardens and grounds into a medieval village, find out more by

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Thank you to all those who have visited so far and long may the summer continue, be sure to check or website for upcoming events and if you have any questions please feel free to email

Thanks again

From the team within the Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle.