19th April 2020

"Water-encircled harmony"
- Annie Green-Armytage, Landscape
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- Tania Pascoe, Guardian
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"Dream gardens"
- Widget Finn, Gardens Illustrated

19th April 2020

The lovely warm weather continues and the garden is springing to life. The vegetable and herb garden are getting a fair amount of attention and the Greenhouse is packed. Fortunately, we keep a lot of our own seeds which is just as well as they are in short supply this year.

The earliest rose to flower for us is Canary bird- it is across the Moat opposite the West lawn. It is a bright golden yellow with a profusion of single blooms along long arching stems. It is the rose I always look for as it signals the start of my summer and it is now in full flower.

One of our first visitors after we arrived in ’93 was Colonel Dashwood. I don’t know if he was a real Colonel but he did ride a horse around the village and had a very white moustache. He arrived clutching Canary bird which he had propagated himself and although he has been dead many years, I am reminded of him every year when it flowers.

The second rose to flower for us is Rosa Banksiae Lutea. This has tiny (2cm) pale yellow double flowers in clusters. It is a rambler and trained along wires at the front of the house (which is unusual I think). It is just coming into flower and I think one of the prettiest roses.

Also, along the front of the house is the Wisteria, again trained on wires the plant on the right comes from a layered cutting taken from the original on the left of the house. In bloom at the moment it is a truly beautiful sight.

I will be posting photos of these on our Facebook page and do look at the new path and bed we created this winter- a garden is never finished!!

Stay healthy and good gardening,
Lynda Tucker.

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