As May transitions into June, our gardens at Goldstone Hall continue to flourish despite the unpredictable weather and scarcity of sunshine hours. Along the Shropshire country lanes outside Goldstone, past greening hedgerows and frothy clouds of cow parsley, we see the plants growing, flowing and setting seed into lush greenery and blooming flora. Whatever the capricious West Midlands weather throws at our plants, they have an irresistible momentum to complete their life cycles. In doing so they provide us with the wonderful flowers and foliage that we treasure in our gardens.

Planting Squash 

With the threat of frost behind us, June heralds the perfect time for planting members of the Cucurbitaceae family. From pumpkins to squashes and courgettes, we’re nurturing varieties of summer and winter squash, the main difference being the hardness or softness of the skin.

Summer squash, like courgettes, can be cooked and eaten with the skin on.We are growing varieties including ‘Midnight’, ‘Summer Holiday’ and the heritage variety ‘Early Yellow Summer Crookneck’.

Winter squash, such as pumpkins, develop a hard skin surrounding the flesh and seeds. We are growing a number of varieties including the French heirloom ‘Galeux d’Eysines’ and the Italian ‘Marina di Chioggia’. Enriched soil and ample water ensure their healthy growth, promising a bountiful harvest.

Shropshire Roses 

Elsewhere, the roses are coming into bloom below the terrace and along the wall behind the herbaceous border. If you grow roses against a wall as we do in our Shropshire garden, then now is the moment to begin tying in the new growth so that it forms a framework that supports the mass of new flowers.

At Goldstone Hall Hotel & Gardens we also grow roses less formally, allowing them to scramble into trees such as the venerable Robinia pseudoacacia that towers over the hotel. This tree, a member of the Fabaceae or pea and bean family, has clusters of scented white flowers at the beginning of June and makes a striking specimen with its fine foliage and deeply fissured bark. In our beautiful Shropshire garden, where climbing and rambling roses are grown informally, they can be pruned after they have flowered and then left to their own devices unless they need tying in to help them climb or to prevent them from grabbing hold of those passing by!

The herbaceous border is a vision of ethereal beauty, adorned with clouds of nepeta, white willowherb, and peonies, casting a serene ambiance, especially during twilight. And the aroma of creeping thymes, now in full bloom, fills the air, attracting a myriad of pollinators to our living sign

Join Us in the Garden 

Whether it is the taste and aroma of great food, fine wine, or the sights, sounds and smells of the English summer garden here in Shropshire, there is always something to delight the senses this season at Goldstone Hall Hotel & Gardens.

We’ve also got a few spaces left on our Taste of Mid-Summer event where you can join Sarah and I on a walk and talk tour, followed by a delicious seasonal tasting lunch. Click here for more information and to book.

Warm wishes from the Garden Team

Upcoming Events at Goldstone

Friday Garden Tour

June 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Open Garden for NGS

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open Garden for NGS

August 14 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A Taste of Late Summer

August 15 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Open Garden for NGS

September 11 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A Taste of Spice

September 26 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Visit Goldstone

A Georgian manor house and restaurant with 12 comfortable bedrooms overlooking the rolling tree-strewn hills of the North Shropshire countryside. Boasting 5 acres of award-winning gardens, including a productive one-acre kitchen garden.

Located in the ‘golden garden triangle’ close to Wollerton Old Hall Garden, Hodnet Hall Gardens & Dorothy Clive Garden.  

A warm welcome awaits you.

Find out more about the hotel and garden opening times here.

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