As the vernal equinox ushers in spring, the garden at Goldstone comes alive with new growth and vibrant blooms. We have been picking rhubarb since March where it has found its way onto the menu in numerous guises especially the rhubarb frangipane.

Sowing Seeds and Tending Crops

Behind the scenes, in the garden compound, Sarah and I have been diligently sowing a variety of seeds, from perennials to vegetables. Healthy crops of onions, broad beans, and brassicas are ready for planting, while tomatoes, peppers, and chillies are thriving in heated propagation beds.

Anticipating Late Summer and Autumn’s Bounty

While the dahlias begin their journey to growth in the polytunnel, pumpkins, squash, and melons await warmer temperatures before they can be sown. This year, we’re expanding our selection of historic pumpkin and squash varieties, promising a spectacular autumn display.

Most dahlias are intended for the new look cutting garden along with sweet peas, Zinnia’s, Tithonia, sunflowers and a range of herbaceous perennials.  This year I have been sowing a number of herbaceous perennials, and especially grasses, to add to the herbaceous border to extend interest through the summer and into the autumn and winter.

Blooming Beauties and Stalwart Spuds

As the first and second early potatoes emerge, attention turns to watering and caring for these prized tubers. The pink fir apple spuds are also catching up rapidly.  Sarah has been planting the main crop ‘Yukon Gold’ in the beds in the vegetable garden.

Meanwhile, the iconic cherry blossoms and espaliered apples and pears add a touch of magic to the landscape.

Embracing Garden Tasks

April brings a flurry of garden tasks, from staking perennials in the herbaceous border to keeping weeds at bay through diligent hoeing. Natural materials like hazel are utilized for supports, ensuring harmony with the garden’s aesthetic.

Revelling in Nature’s Splendour

Amidst the work, there are moments of pure delight as bulbs bloom and the garden bursts with colour. The sight of wild cherries (Prunus avium) and espaliered fruit trees in full blossom is a joyous celebration of nature’s abundance.

Join Us in the Garden

We invite you to enjoy this special time in the garden with us, as nature awakens and the promise of the growing season unfolds.

We’ve also got a few space left on our Taste of Spring 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 Spring wishes from the Garden Team!

Head gardener Ross Underwood in herbal walkway

Upcoming Events at Goldstone

Friday Garden Tour

July 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday Garden Tour

July 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday Garden Tour

August 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday Garden Tour

August 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 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

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.