The Velvet Border is really starting to shine thanks to the hard work of our senior gardener, Stephen Marsland. Throughout the winter, he has been overhauling it; dividing, rearranging and, in some cases, controlling the herbaceous plants. Its highlights this week have been Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’ and the wild growth of the golden hop as it intertwines with the purple Cotinus.
Bulb foliage has given way to lupins, delphiniums and comfrey in the beautiful Cottage Garden, inviting the deliciously-named hairy footed flower bee to buzz into the flowers and the swallows to flight.
In the White Space Garden, Ornithogalum magnum looks superb at the centre of the box ‘galaxies’ and The Long Borders shine with lupins and nepeta. I have seen visitors sitting for hours on the white benches this week, simply enjoying the sounds and sunshine in the gardens. Meanwhile, our selection of pots has been overhauled over the last fortnight and are starting to put on growth.
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Shop News. The flower of the moment, nearly 80 autumn-sown varieties of sweet pea, are now in bloom with the first always the biggest and best.
Lathyrus rotundifolius is a very special perennial pea which many of you ask about when it flowers abundantly. Usually we don’t have enough plants for sale but at the moment we do have some available in the shop, so if you would like to reserve one, please email or call the office on 01476 530063 to avoid disappointment.