28 Jul Notes from the Garden
One of the nicest things about this job in the Summer, is getting to talk to the visitors and receiving their feedback, invariably positive with the inevitable questions ‘How many gardeners are there?’ and ‘what is the red creeper growing up the yew hedges?” (Four and tropaeolum speciosum, respectively). But one visitor last week was more specific. “You have the best white garden in the country”, he said and he had been to Sissinghurst Castle the week before! (I hope he’s right and I was especially pleased as the philadephus had just gone over, but the roses are just coming out and the annual ammi majus and cormus are coming into their own and the phlox is yet to perform).
Our appeal for volunteers was a great success, with four more pairs of hands answering the call and thanks to their efforts, the first flush of roses have been deadheaded. The new planting and the fountain is looking particularly good with the modern varieties repeat flowering almost continually.
With all the planting out done and the grass slowing down its time to catch up with some jobs that we’ve been meaning to do for some time. I have been making a feted horse chestnut into more benches, we are also working on increasing the number of bluebells in out Broxhill Woods.
The herbaceous borders are now in full swing with romneya coulteri – the Californian tree Poppy the star of the middle borders and the bottom terrace, with its bananas and gingers and sunflowers is just starting to get going.
We may have passed mid-Summer, but there is still much to see…see you soon!