The summer garden at Brockhampton
The summer brings lots of pleasant things to Brockhampton from wildlife caring for young to gardens in bloom. Come along and see what you discover now the days are longer and warmer.
One word to describe Brockhampton as you head down the driveway towards the manor in summertime is ‘green’. From the rolling hills to the spring-green trees it’s natures very own patchwork quilt. Heading towards the medieval manor you’ll notice splashes of colour as orchard wildflowers intermingle with the carefully planted beds.The manor house’s rambling roses have returned and bloom twice every year making the manor look chocolate-box perfect. Near the gatehouse the sweet peas spill over the fence, with the lovely backdrop of the white manor house behind.
We thrive to encourage butterflies and bees here so we leave a lot of the orchard natural. Pathways are cut through the meadow grass and you can see cow parsley, campions, vetch, daisies; all sorts of wonderful food sources for wildlife.On the moat see mallards and their ducklings and coots and their chicks enjoy the reeds and lily pads; they’ll be darting around entertaining grown-ups and children alike.
Many swallows return to Brockhampton in May and in the summer months can be seen swooping over the moat collecting feed for their young. These beautiful birds will stay for the whole of summer, returning to Africa just before autumn kicks in. On bright sunny days you can also spot newts in the moat, floatingon the surface. We have three kinds here; Palmate, Crested and Common.
There’s nothing more lovely then a wander in a summer garden, why not join us and feel a little closer to nature this summer time?