News from Wyken
This is the time of year when the vineyard looks like a faded photograph of some World War I battlefield. We have just finished pruning the vines, the single most important thing a grape grower does in a vineyard. The cuts made in the bare, brown canes will determine, more than anything else how much crop and of what quality will grow and becomes wine on some warm day next autumn. Well, more than anything else except for the weather. We love Spring but it makes us nervous. A cruel frost in late April in 2017 meant we made only 3000 bottles of wine. In dry, hot 2018 we produced 12,000 bottles.
Pruning is an act of faith. So is having a vineyard.
Wyken Hall Gardens
We are pleased to be a Royal Horticultural Society Partner Garden as well as one of Garden News’ Top 100 Gardens in the UK.
The gardens re-open on Sunday, 31st of March, from 2-6pm and then everyday from 2-6pm EXCEPT Saturdays.
Last year Pip Green took over as Head Gardener, returning to her home ground in Suffolk after a 20-year stint in gardens on the west coast of America. Joining her in the garden is Alex Fricker, fresh from Otley College.
Rugs from Sweden
Nothing lifts a room like a new rug and we have just received a new collection from Brita Sweden, a family run company that produces vibrantly coloured rugs made from recycled plastic bottles. They look and feel like natural fibre rugs but are great for the planet and heavenly underfoot. Better still, they are great indoors but perfect for outdoor terraces and verandas.
Farms and restaurants are greedy users of energy. We devour a terrifying amount of electricity. We hope we can slash our energy bills and also help the planet because we have just installed ground mounted solar panels which will supply over one-third of our electricity. They are discreetly placed near the reservoir (thanks to East Green Energy in Suffolk) and all we want now is for the sun to shine.
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