A Walk in the gardens July 2007
The new summer house has been erected and is now
ready for use. It is in the part of the gardens known as The Old
Garden. It was decided not to put it the same place as the old one
as the pond garden needs a major overhaul. It is hoped that the
Horlick collection of Rhododendrons will be planted in the old garden
around the Summer house.
The old tomato house in the walled garden has become the “new”
Fern house with a collection of ferns donated by The Royal Botanic
Garden, Edinburgh. Amongst these plants is a Wollemia nobilis.
Rhododendrons this month include Rh Polar Bear; a couple of weeks
earlier than it was last year. There is one beside the tea tent
but there are others else where in the gardens. In the walled garden
(most probably flowering out of season) are Rh calostrotum calciphilum
and Rh calostrotum Rock Form. Both have pink flowers and the rock
form has lovely blue-green leaves.
In the newly planted border (mentioned last month) behind the “new”
fern house are some interesting plants which include Aeonium arboretum
and Hedychium forestii (ginger lily). This border is also where
the banana tree is to be found.
Agapanthus, both blue and white, are flowering in the walled garden.
I don’t think that I have mentioned in previous diaries that
the bed of agapanthus had been dug up and they have been replanted
in the borders beside the greenhouses. The narrow grass strips besides
the paths have been taken up thus widening the paths slightly. The
plants from the borders had been growing over these grass strips
making them difficult to mow. The roses have also been removed from
the old cold frame and the soil removed from the frame. The Camellia
Leonard Messel on either side of the door into the cactus house
have been cut back very hard and I have noticed that one of them
is sprouting again.
Other plants flowering in the walled garden include Calceolaria
integrifolia, Crocosmia masonorum, Hydrangeas of all sorts including
H. aspera subspecies aspera, Schizophragma, Arthropodium cirrhatum,
Lilies and Callistemon pallida. Growing on the walls and flowering
profusely at the moment is Francoa sonchifolia, Bridal Wreath.
Elsewhere in the garden is Clethera delavayi (pond garden) and Escallonia
iveyi (old garden) but plant of the month must surely be Hoheria
lyalli. It has been flowering profusely throughout July and is still