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Old Rectory Gardens Peony Time

It is sometime since my last post,we have been in the South of France with the Historic Rose Society looking at wonderful gardens including  Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild & the Hanbury Botanical Gardens. I decided to stay a few extra days but the weather was similar to here dull and dreary. However everything has changed this week and our large collection of Peonies are bursting into flower every minute and I do not think I have ever seen them looking better, so HURRY HURRY they should continue to flower until the Jubilee Weekend. The Irises are also bursting into bloom and although I say it myself the Gardens have been transformed in the last few days of sun with the Yellow garden & white border both looking stunning.So come and enjoy the beauty.

The Tree Peony below is Shimane Cho Juracka


Tree Peonies in bloom

Sudborough Old Rectory waits:

It’s a grey indifferent day here and I am impatiently waiting for some sun and warmth in order to bring the Tree Peonies into flower… Some of them have 5 and 6 huge buds just on the verge of opening…Most frustrating.!!!  Also the herbaceous peonies are in full growth and look marvellous with the wallflower foliage and flower along with  the tulips.  In addition the Pear trees are leafing up and the Viburnum scent is lovely.

Old Rectory Gardens Sudborough

April showers,we have certainly had them and cold ones at that. We have had a busy time of late,mainly fund raising, for Marie Curie Cancer Care and on Sunday we were open for the NGS. We had around a 100 people who braved the weather and turned out, but having said that the garden is looking great.The teas  in the marque were in demand out of the rain and over £200 was raised for All Saints Church. The tulips are fantastic and the daffodils are still looking  goods and our flock of rare breed poultry is very popular. The marques have now been stored away until the weekend 14th June when many events are happening such as A Garden Evening With The Experts and The Thrapston Brass Band will be playing while you have your picnic in the garden. I will put up full details shortly.

Fingers crossed for Saturday when we are having a wedding reception in the garden.

Tulips, China Pink, Purple Dream, White Triumphator & Maytime

Old Rectory Gardens Sudborough

We have had a busy week preparing for one of our major events of the season “Chickens & Bantams in the Garden” with guest speaker Ivor Parrish, a renowned authority on Rare Breed Hens. It was a huge success and we raised over £5000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Ivor gave a fascinating speech on the all aspects of keeping these wonderful birds. We now have 35 birds of many different spices which give us enormous pleasure and plenty of eggs, 14 today,for our visitors to buy. The day was marred by a number of torrential showers but after Ivor’s talk and a delicious lunch I think every one went home having had a most enjoyable day supporting a wonderful Charity.

I must not forget the garden it is looking stunning, the daffodils around the pond are holding up well in this cool weather and the tulips are biding their time before the big blaze of colour.

I should have told you all that we are open again on Sunday 22nd April for the National Garden Scheme and teas will be in aid of All Saints Sudborough, do come along, the teas will be in a marque so no getting wet should it rain. Entrance £5.00 for a very good cause.

Fund Raising At Sudborough



Old Rectory Gardens Sudborough

Jack Frost is at it again and a couple of nights ago he turned our white magnolia in the stable yard brown but in fairness it was on the wane, luckily our Soulangeanas are still in bud and will look wonderful in a day or so. The tulips are beginning to make a showing and I hope that the weather remains cool so that they are looking their best on 19th April when  we are having a huge party in the Garden to show off our chickens amongst other thing to raise badly needed funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

At Sudborough