|Yellow with Dark Nectaries.|
|Cyclamen hederifolium, beautiful marbled leaves and white flowers in late Summer|
|Seed heads of Phlomis russeliana in the Spa Garden, the aftermath of sulphur yellow 'whorls' of flowers in Summer, stands well in winter and looks spectacular when frost encrusted, finches love it's seeds; especially Linnets.|
|A good sturdy pink Hellebore, all the Hellebores are a little early due to the mild conditions.|
|Snake Bark Maple, the young twigs are red. I think this particular tree may have been one of David Verey's additions to the garden.|
|Growing in Bed 3 this un named Moss Rose was grown from a cutting taken in about 2005 from the 'secret garden' that occupied the site of the present day Spa.|
|My favourite Rose 'Charles de Mills', one of the Gallicas and once flowering, superb scent and good dark green foliage.|
|Hybrid Musk Rose 'Buff Beauty' in Bed 1. Plummy young foliage turns a good bronze/green, dead heading encourages more flowers.|
|Rose de Rescht, an Autumn Damask that grows well in a pot just outside Mrs. Verey's study window. Good scent and repeat flowers well.|
|'Susan William Ellis' a modern English Rose with a style of flower that resembles that of the rambler 'Alberic Barbier' only white and with a slight lemon fragrance (my thoughts only). Grey/green leaves complete the scene. Growing in Bed 4.|
|'Wlid Edric' another modern English Rose with obvious rugosa parentage. Relentless repeat flowerer and makes a good informal hedge.|
|A big thicket of this rose grows in Bed 2 near the terrace. 'Felicia' is a hybrid musk. Fully established now, we hope to plant a late Clematis amongst it this Autumn/Winter.|
18th April 2014
The Tulips are now at their peak with more to come, here's a medley.
|'White Triumphator' a lily flowered type.|
|'Apeldoorn' along the Laburnum Arch.|
|Snakesheads (Fritillaria meleagris) looking good too.|
I may be assuming a lot; but I think we have a collection of a particular group of plants that you don't see regularly in most gardens. It's not a National Collection; but worthy non the less. Hepaticas are native to the chalky woodlands of Romania/Transylvania and some parts of North America. Like Clematis they belong to Ranunculacea and you can see the resemblance in their flowers; however Hepaticas form low growing clumps and have flowers that are about an inch across. Flower colours range from white through to the darkest purples and cobalt blues; although there are pinks I don't think there are reds or yellows.
The shady nooks and quiet places of the garden here, with it's limey soil replicate the Carpathian 'wildwood' that these beauties would call home. We always had a very good clump of Hepatica nobilis 'Rubra' at the foot of one of the Limes on the Lime Walk and it's this clump that impressed John Anton-Smith. John used to come to the garden when Mrs. Verey was in her pomp and he'd sell her Hellebores and other plants, this continued when her son Charles took over; but then I didn't see him for several years. One day I saw John back in the garden and he was admiring our one and only Hepatica, 'would you like all of my Hepatica seedlings to grow on in the garden? They look so happy here.' This was an offer I couldn't refuse, you see John is a plant breeder, most of our good Hellebores are his breeding so if his Hepaticas were half as good as his Hellebores I'd be an idiot to turn this opportunity down!
We are very fortunate to be able to grow Hepaticas, they are a niche plant, that is to say they won't grow anywhere, they need alkaline soil and quite shady conditions, on these terms they can out compete other perennials. They also like a mulch of leaf mould now and again. Grow them in the middle of a border and they'd get mugged. We grow them under the Limes in the Lime Walk as well as under a heavy shading Box bush as well as under our large Cornus mas in the wilderness, they thrive. This is something you don't see so often so please come along now and ask a gardener for directions to the Hepaticas.
|John has also been breeding this silver spangling into the foliage of Hepaticas making them even more garden worthy if you have the right conditions.|
Crocuses have been the stars of the show for at least a month now, from the diminutive 'Firefly' to the the statuesque 'Joan of Arc', brilliant early spring performers.
|C. chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty'|
|C.chrysanthus 'Spring Beauty'|
|Crocus 'Joan of Arc'|
21st February 2014
|Crocus tommasinianus is now looking good in many of our beds and borders.|
|Sweetly scented Helleborus odoratus.|
11th February 2014
Chartreuse green and delicately scented.
All colour forms including black with golden nectaries and a very unusual yellow with dark nectaries and a red flushed eye!
Various colour forms ranging from quite dark purple, mauve, lilac and ghost pink srouting up along the edges of beds.
Crocus sieberi 'Firefly'
A diminutive Crocus with an orange base to it's flowers, in a few pots.
Primroses - Primula vulgaris
Striking two tone blue 'Clairette' and the dark 'Purple Gem'
Powder yellow catkins.
Winter Aconites-Eranthis hyemalis
Carpets of pure bright yellow; especially along the drive.
Whites and deep pinks.
Snowdrops - Galanthus
Various forms, approximately ten including the very garden worthy 'Atkinsii', 'Augustus' and the statuesque double 'Rodmarton'.
Fantastic Lily of the Valley scent.
The red flowers on this particular lungwort appeared in October and are yet to reach their peak.