Wednesday 31 August 2011
Today was spent tidying up the parterres in the Italian Garden to keep them looking good until the end of the season when the perennials will all be dug out and divided. We were cutting down the dead stems of verbascum, sunflowers, lilies, poppies, dead heading roses, weeding all the beds and tying up all the very tall plants that had been blown over in the wind.
There were a lot of coaches with visitors from England, the South of Ireland and Northern Ireland. One man, a National Trust member from England, said he had seen most of the gardens in England but Mount Stewart was the best one he had seen so far. Obviously a very astute man. This is what we like to hear.