Today’s tour of the garden began with
clematis Marie Boisselot in the Kitchen Bed which also contains an as yet small wisteria, clusters of ferns, Japanese maples, the now ubiquitous erigeron, and self seeded bronze fennel which will have to go when it outgrows it’s welcome.
Other clematises include Niobe, now rivalling the fading wisteria and the burgeoning rose Paul’s Scarlet for space above the Wisteria Arbour; and Doctor Ruppel, one of which is beginning its ascent up the arch facing the Westbrook Arbour.
At the Brick Path corner of the Dragon Bed a deep red peony prepares to top off the happy planting of phlox and geraniums.
At the far side of this bed the magnolia Vulcan is beginning to relish the light now permitted into its corner.
The pink rhododendron in the Palm Bed sits opposite the deeper variety in Margery’s Bed.
There are a number of vantage points along the Brick Path.
The yellow diurnal poppies alongside the Gazebo Path
can be seen slightly above the centre of this view through the Cryptomeria Bed.
Before Aaron left this morning he had mown the grass patch which is beginning to warrant the epithet lawn.
Rose Madame Alfred Carriere soars above the entrance to the Rose Garden; Jacqueline du Pré adds harmony; Laura Ford a splash of yellow beside Roserie de la Haie; and Gloriana a touch of majesty to the side fence.
Aquilegias dance with ferns in the South Bed;
weigela festoons the fence above them.
Three hawthorn trees, swathes of libertia, and carpets of erigeron give a distinctly white hue to the Back Drive borders.
These are glimpses of the garden in not quite mid-May.
While we enjoyed pre-dinner drinks on the patio a pair of pigeons settled down for the evening in the copper beech.
For our dinner we travelled around the world in 60 minutes. We enjoyed Jackie’s special fried rice with Japanese tempura prawns, Chinese pork spare ribs, Indian tandoori chicken, Belgian Hoegaarden beer and more of the Chilean Carmenere wine.