A Walk in the gardens May 2007
The trees are in full leaf now and this has the
effect of making parts of the garden quite dark. The Theatre, Triangle
and Ash garden, where the school have their garden, are most affected
There are still many Rhododendrons and Azaleas flowering despite
the earliness of the season this year.
On the main drive the deciduous Azaleas are looking good, colours
of all shades from yellow through orange to pink. On the south side
of the drive you could meet up with Colonel Rogers and Beau Brummel
(both Rhododendrons!). At the walled garden gate there is Rh Cowslip
inside the walled garden one of my favourites, Rh yakusimanum. It’s
always smothered with flowers each year. Further up the border from
the yakusimanum is Rh aberconwayi and tucked away in the border
beside the gate to the viewpoint is Rh taggianum with one or two
large white flowers. Leaning over the wall from Hugh’s border
is Rh polyandrum. It is easily seen from inside the walled garden
but to get its gorgeous fragrance one needs to get closer to it.
While there are plenty of Rhododendrons to see there are also many
other plants in flower this month, including Ceonothus (walled Garden),
Viburnum plicatum Mariesii with its flat flower head another Viburnum
with balls of white flowers (on the drive near the gate into the
walled garden), Crinodendron hookerianum (various places through
out the garden), Buddleia salvafolia, Choisya Aztec Pearl (both
in the north walled garden) and Illicium anisatum. Dianella tasmanica
with its curious little purple flowers which will be followed in
the autumn with deep blue berries is flowering in the south walled
garden next to the Beschorneria yuccoides.
Paeonia lutea ludlowii (tree peony), Weigela (pink and red forms)
Deutzia hybrida, Abutilon – various and Cordyline australis
are all flowering this last one with a powerful scent.
I am a bit behind with the diary so I am going to continue immediately
with June’s edition.
A Walk in the Gardens June 2007
The weather has been very variable this month with some nice sunny
days but at the time of writing this it is cold and miserable. I
am sitting writing this in the tea tent waiting for some customers!
The tea tent opened in the first week of June and will be open until
September. This year it is at the entrance to the gardens and the
plant sales are also managed from here.
Another attraction in the gardens this month is a deer. It swam
in from somewhere and has taken up residence in the gardens and
made friends with a local cat. It’s even had its photo in
the Campbeltown Courier, our local paper. If you want to know what
type of deer it is look under wildlife on our forum. I haven’t
actually seen the deer and wouldn’t know what type it was
even if I had! It appears to be quite tame. Goodness knows how the
garden cats, Cameron and Cheeky, view this invasion of their territory!!
The Rhododendrons are nearly past now but one or two are still hanging
on. Rh Romany Chai, Auriel, griersonianum and Fabia are some of
them. Kitty Cole, one of Sir James’ own hybrids named after
his cook is flowering in the theatre garden. Another, which will
have to be nameless as I don’t know what it is called and
I couldn’t find a label, is growing on the walled walk beside
the door into the north walled garden. It has white flowers and
a lovely scent.
Many other shrubs and trees are flowering now among them various
shrub roses. In the walled garden are Philadelphus Belle Etoile,
Leptospermum Red Damask and Cytisus battandieri amongst others.
There are many plants climbing on the walls that are not easily
seen because of the shrubs in front of them but some Clematis have
managed to get themselves seen. These include C. Nellie Moser, Vyvyan
and Madame le Coultre In the south walled garden on the back of
the old stable block I found another clematis. I think it is C.
macropetala. It has one small blue flower left on it but is covered
with fluffy seed heads. It was far to wet to push through the other
shrubs to look for a label! Hydrangea petiolaris is flowering in
abundance. Many of the plants are self sown.
The cactus house is quite colourful with a number of plants flowering.
Some of these are:- Chamaecereus silvestri, Notocactus arnostianus,
Rebutia hybrids Apricot Ice and Celebration and Mammilaria ernestii.
The border next to the tomato house has been cleared and replanted
With “New Exotics”. As I was dodging showers I didn’t
have much time to investigate what these were but I did notice how
much tidier the border looked and you can now actually see the wall!!
One or two other things that I know are happening just now in the
gardens I will report next month as I haven’t had time to
go and look at them yet.
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