Everything is coming to life in the vegetable garden. We are picking courgettes, spinach, beetroot, strawberries and salad crops. Horseradish is the plant with strap like leaves on the right as you enter the Vegetable Garden.
We have started cutting down the Catmint along the Iris bed. Despite being called Walkers Low it is about 3ft high. By cutting it now we will get a second flush of blooms this year.
The Daffodil area has a little longer to wait before we can cut it down but look left at the shrubbery where the plants are aubergine or yellow and almost covering the space.
The two silvery leaved plants marking the path to the bog garden are the weeping pear (Pyrus Salicisolia Pendula) The bog garden is a mass of colour and the three water Iris are in bloom- I. Laevagata Variegate, I. Gamecock and I. Pseudacorus Variegata. The long stemmed buttercup yellow flowers are Trollus Europus. The white Zantedeschia is flowering but look for the green flowered variety next to it.
The rose covering the arch is Alchemist.
The Hostas and Hemoracallis lining the path are coming in to flower.
Crossing the bridge the most beautiful Eden rose on the fourth post to the right, has suffered from last weeks rain and when dead heading it is possible to squeeze the water out like a sponge. But there are still enough coming into flower for you to be able to appreciate their beauty.
In the West Lawn look across the Moat to the Daffodil shrubbery where you will not only see the aubergine and yellow shrubs but look up and see the rose Wedding Day clambering through the tree.
The Californian poppies, Shasta daisies and Geranium growing in the gravel at the bottom of the West Lawn are a riot of colour.
The Wild Garden is a mass of white daisies and we are waiting for them to die down before that area gets its one and only cut of the Year.
Stay healthy and good gardening,