Gardeners work their magic!

The exterior of the Queen Mary Restaurant is looking blooming wonderful after our gardeners worked their magic!

DZG Gardener, Paul Durber waters one of the hanging baskets

The green-fingered team have been busy planting and installing hanging baskets outside the Oak Kitchen in readiness for the summer season.

Head Gardener Carl Stevens, said: “We’ve filled the baskets with petunias, trailing geraniums, begonias, lobelia and fuschias, which always brighten up the building.

“They’ll remain in place until around October, but will bloom over the summer holidays, when they’ll look the best for visitors.”

The gardeners have also created colourful displays in the stone urns around the picnic area outside the restaurant, with an added deterrent for any peacock thinking about roosting on top of them!

Carl added: “The urn displays are also constructed using hanging baskets, as we can get the plants to cascade down the urn better that way.

“We secure them in place with a few hidden garden canes, which also prevent the peacocks from sitting on them!”

The team have had a busy few weeks preparing the site for the holidays and recently planted hundreds of pretty annual plants into the formal beds around the medieval castle walls, as well as the turnstile entrance and borders around the base of the chairlift.