A Walk in the gardens March 2007
The beginning of the month came in cold and blustery
but as March progressed it turned dry and sunshiny. I have had several
walks this month and each time there were new plants coming into
flower. Many bulbs are flowering these include daffs, scillas and
tulips. The Camellias have been splendid. Rhododendron Christmas
Cheer is still flowering. Many of the large-leaved Rhododendrons
such as sino-grande, grande and giganteum had their earlier flowers
spoilt by the wind but the later flowers are looking great .I’m
not sure which this one is but I thought it looked rather good!
On Spring Bank and in the Malcolm Allan Garden Rhododendrons cilipinense
and moupinense are flowering. Also in the Malcolm Allan garden is
RW Rye continues to flower in all corners of the gardens and another
yellow one in the walled garden is Rhododendron Quaver.
Two of Sir James Horlick’s own cultivars flowering just now
are Rh. Titness Victory
and Rh. Gigha
Gem. The bright red flowers of Rh. barbatum hybrids provide colour
in various parts of the gardens. Another red is Rh. Bibiani
in the fulvum garden.
In the north walled garden Magnolia Leonard Messel has burst into
Much of the storm damage has now been cleared away and with the
drier weather the work on the herbaceous borders is nearly finished
apart from the planting.
A new standing out area for young plants has been made and one of
the green houses has a display of cacti and succulents.
My final photo is taken from the steps up to the view point and
shows the garden staff working on the herbaceous borders.