Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Some Fantastic New Aerial Photography at the Abbey House Gardens

Every month we like to photograph the gardens to catalogue the changes throughout the seasons. In July we have attempted to try some new photographic angles throughout the top gardens using whats known as low level aerial photography.

Its a great and exciting new way to view the gardens and get a different perspective on the scale and how the different garden sections fit together. They give a great view of a large selection of our 10,000 plant, shrubs and trees. We have lots more aerial photographs available to view on flickr here:

For more information on aerial photography click here.

Local Historian Jenifer Roberts presents 'The Madness of Queen Maria' at the Abbey House Gardens

Local Malmesbury historian Jenifer Roberts is proudly using the Belvedere Room at the Abbey House Gardens Malmesbury to celebrate the publication of her new book 'The Madness of Queen Maria'. The book examines in detail the remarkable life of Maria I of

The Belvedere room in the main Abbey House is a perfect location to launch this fascinating book as it has an incredibly rich history itself.

The date for this event is on Wednesday 29th July 2009, from between 6.30pm to 8.30pm. At the launch Jenifer will be selling slightly discounted and also signed copies for £10, the usual price being £12.50.

You can RSVP by contacting Jenifer on 01249 656078 or by email jenifer@paulbeck.net

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

The Humble Bumble Unearthed: Red Tailed Bees in the Geranium Beds.

In mid-June we were thinning a few of the Geranium beds adjacent to the herb gardens. In doing so we created a few very snug holes in the ground whilst we decided what would go in the spaces left by the Geraniums. Nature seems to have made the decision for us as when we returned a few days ago we found a queen red tailed Bee surrounded by her willing workers, about 35 bees in total.

They have already started to create the magical honeycombed 'moon craters' within their new earthy surroundings.

We have now researched the 'Red Tailed Bee' and have discovered this lovely species is unlikely to sting unless its nest is endangered. Only the queen bee is likely to survive the winter months and will use our man made hole as her place of hibernation. Next spring she is likely to start a new colony or maybe even find another colony to take over. We hope she stays a while as the bumble bee is becoming much less common in our english gardens and hedgerows. They are an important part of our eco systems as they help pollinate other plants such as fruit trees. Maybe she will feast on our 130 apple trees one day?

If you want to know a lot more about our humble Bumble then take a look at this short guide we found when doing our research: Help Save the Bumble Bee, get more buzz from your garden.