Like most gardeners, I am always reluctant to leave my garden during those three magical months, April, May and June. But still, there are other people to be considered; non-gardeners who don’t understand this peculiarity. And so this last week, I was in Italy with my husband and our lovely friends.
It is so lovely to be home and today, just a bit late for Helen’s End of the Month View, I am showing a quick tour of some of the garden. The best part of coming back from a week away is the excitement of the garden tour, to see what has come out in your absence. In his book, Down the Garden Path, Beverley Nichols said he had very strict rules for ‘Making The Tour’ . However excited you are to see one particular plant, you have to do it in the proper order and inspect everything as you go. He stepped out of the house and turned right, but I do it the other way round, but still no cheating is allowed, even if I am desperate to examine the buds of the Peony rockii and the wisteria. Every foot of ground, every shrub and tree has to be looked at in the right order. I am not going to take you on such a detailed tour, I will just show you a few views as we go round.
Camassias only bloom for a brief moments, but they are such a beautiful shade of blue. They look good with Euphorbia robbiae which is invasive, but it doesn’t matter here. The tree on the right is a weeping birch.
And now we come to the pond.
The winter garden is still looking good in spring.
I have several pear trees, but this one this looking fabulous right now.
That is as far down the garden we are going at the moment. The secret garden project will take a while to be finished and there is not much to see in the veggie beds apart from broad beans. Besides, my scarecrow, Chloris is not fit to be seen, she badly needs a makeover.
If we go back past the pond and start on the other side of the garden there is one of the green houses and the start of a nice old brick wall. This bed is mostly for spring and there are erythroniums, trilliums and epimediums here. The tree on the left is a mulberry.
The wall is very old and we have had to have buttresses built on to keep it upright. Here is the other side. There are Spanish bluebells all over this garden and I have given up trying to get rid of them. The trees are very old apple trees.
The next shot is looking back from the little pond near the house. I have dug up the lawn between the pond and the flower bed so that the Man with the Mower does not break off any more branches of the precious Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’. I think I will plant a couple of hydrangeas here. I rather like Hydrangea ‘Pinky Winky’, but I don’t know whether I can bring myself to buy a plant with such a silly, twee name. How embarrassing if anyone asks what it is called.
Another day I will take you round to the front garden, and maybe down into the orchard, but that is enough for today. Thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener blog for hosting. And now I am going to catch up with some of the posts I missed whilst I was away.