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
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.
After a slow start the Potager is beginning to come into its own. The apricot trees are heavy with ripe fruit, the Sweet-Peas smell delightful as you pass under the arches, and the contrasting colours of the vegetables has worked out well.
a quiet corner of the Potager
Despite the dry weather when we planted the rose-garden this year our roses are really putting on a splendid show.
view through rose garden towards The Rectory
Last year we were approached by the magazine ‘The Edible Garden’ to write an article about our Potager that was designed by Rosemary Verey.
The article, written by Jackie Bennett, has been beautifully enhanced by photographs by Marianne Majerus.
The spring/summer issue of ‘The Edible Garden’ is out now and our garden is featured over 4 pages. Well worth a look. You can visit their website for information about their magazine