10th May 2020

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10th May 2020

The weather has now turned and we shall be leaving young plants in the cold frame a little longer to harden them off.

The Herb garden is a mass of colour with orange marigolds doing particularly well. There are 4 different sage plants -green, variegated, purple and purple variegated and various yellow plants such as the Santolina and curry plant all about to flower and pretty blue chives.

The Iris walk now has an even stronger scent as the smaller aubergine coloured Iris are in full bloom. The bed is fronted by Catmint- Walkers Low, with its silver foliage and pretty blue flowers. So easy to grow from cuttings and after flowering it is chopped down and will put on a second show. Some of the Delphinium in that bed are in bud and lucky that we staked them when we did as we wouldn’t be able to reach them now as the Iris are so high.

Cow parsley is now waist high when walking through the daffodil area and doing a good job of concealing the dying bulbs. The noise you would hear is from the buzzing of hundreds of bees feeding on the nectar of the brightest of yellow laburnum trees.

It is time to dead head the white Camelia hiding behind the Lonicera hedge at the end of that area. It is about 3ft high and we shouldn’t really be growing it as we have the wrong soil but the watering and attention I lavished on it last summer has rewarded me with a beautiful display of white blooms. What’s that they say about forbidden fruits?

There is a very old Pink Chestnut in full flower at the moment in the Autumn border. It is about 40ft high but 6ft each side of it are two equally tall Pines which clearly have a negative influence on its development. We are in a conversation area and wouldn’t be able to touch the trees but to lessen the blow about 15yrs ago I planted a Hydrangea Petiolaris against one and have been training it round the trunk. It now reaches about 10ft and is very happy and next month will encircle the bottom of the Pine’s trunk in flowers-a little bit like a hot water cylinder jacket but oh so much prettier!

As you cross the stone bridge to the front of the Hall you will be greeted by a mass of purple with the Wisteria on the walls and the Alliums in the rose bed in front. If you look left as you cross the bridge you will see the white Swan on her nest-keeping her eggs warm on this bitterly cold day.

Stay healthy and good gardening,
Lynda Tucker.

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