What to expect at Boningale Manor...
February, March & April
Snowdrops begin to herald spring, then thousands upon thousands of 19th century daffodils (14 different kinds) attract many visitors. Around Mothering Sunday, guests may ask to take a mixed two dozen home! As our daffodils fade, bluebells start to fill our fields.
May, June, July
Our Edwardian azelea garden springs into glorious life and the air is filled with the bleating of new lambs. We keep paths cut in our meadows so that guests can stretch their legs after a drive and enjoy views to the famous Salopian landmark of The Wrekin.
We crop our first honey and often serve fresh honey still on the comb. Our 4-metre trampoline becomes popular with our 'young at heart' guests. More elegant guests often take tea in the warmth of our traditional sunken garden, quite protected from any wind. You are likely to be treated to an aerial display as small parent birds determinedly drive away the hunting buzzards that nest in our wood.
August, September, October
Our lavender walk (around 80 plants; 6 types) with other herbs and old English roses, provides a fragrant distraction. We take and bottle our main honey crop and collect the apples from our orchard - the fruit may not be as perfectly shaped as those in a supermarket - but they taste so much better! Then the damsons and blackberries get jammed!
November, December, January
In the deep mid-winter, frosty winds might blow... but you'll enjoy the log burner on these mornings!
And during December, expect to get a morning treat from our advent calendar - providing our children don't get there first!