As the cold of winter settles in and we wake each morning to a frosty garden and weather forecasters predicting snow it is fun to warm ourselves up with some reminisces of last summer at Bewl Rookery.

In 2018 as guests started arriving to see tulips at Pashley and roses at Sissinghurst we introduced six hens. A mix of hybrid breeds including a Light and Dark Sussex happily cluck and strut around our Polytunnel area, enjoying the grass and any extra vegetable leftovers, with their favourites being tomatoes and cucumber. In return, we and our guests are treated to delicious eggs with golden yolks.

Bewl Rookery hens

I have loved learning more about gardening each year and one of the greatest satisfactions, along with vegetables and fruit, is growing flowers to decorate the house. My cutting garden is at its peak from July through to October, lasting late thanks to the Cosmos and Dahlias. In 2019, I plan on introducing more varieties to add colour and texture to both the garden and vases around the house. There is nothing more satisfying on a summers day than collecting fruit, flowers, vegetables and eggs from our garden.

Home-grown produce for guests to enjoy

Our home grown tomatoes are always popular with guests who enjoy a cooked breakfast and our new fruit bushes are gradually providing more for fruit salads and compotes, then last year we introduced fresh herb omelette to the summer breakfast menu, using a mix of herbs grown in our old bath. Guests won’t have seen this as it’s round in our kitchen garden. Below you can see our herb bath!

Herb garden