Some of you will remember a blog in February 2017 when a storm took out part of an old apple tree in the middle of our garden. After much debate (thanks for your inputs) we decided to keep the remaining tree.
In June 2018 our friend pointed out that the apple tree had taken on the shape of a chicken.
Then last week the weather decided it could do another topiary job of the tree.
This time it really does look like the end. The tree , especially when the Rosa Rambling Rector was in flower, was an important focal point within the garden. So removing it will be sad but hopefully will open up new opportunities.
The apple tree was not the only casualty with Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’ being blown off the pergola although fortunately this was repairable.
The following summer delights in the garden
The clematis and roses are all doing well this year.
This corner always looks good in the summer with the pink Geranium palmatum, roses and delphiniums. Last autumn I added the posts at the back to provided support for Rosa ‘Iceberg’ and Rosa ‘New Dawn’ as they always got lost behind the flowers.
Rosa ‘New Dawn’ has been here for at least 30 years and is looking healthier than ever.
Rosa ‘Iceberg’ has been in for about ten years can now be seen.
Often mistaken for a Rose , Carpenteria californica at the back has been looking great, probably benefiting from the mild winter we had. The pink rose is Rosa ‘Irene Watts’
And now for the snakes.
The mild winter has certainly helped the grass snake population. As soon as the sun comes out you can find them in the garden. This beauty was taking an early morning swim in one of our ponds, probably after our fish for breakfast!
Have just been away for two weeks following Hoby Open Gardens and it has been hot; very hot for England at 32 centigrade! And we continue to have had no rain of any consequence since the middle of May. We left a garden looking quite good but now it is crisp and dry. Our soil is a sandy loam and tends to dry out quickly but in an English climate this is usually not an issue..The main lawn was the walled kitchen garden for a large house next door and the interesting thing now is that wherever there were paths in the original kitchen garden the lawn drys out fastest as you can see in the above.The lawn on June 16th before the sun!
So rather than show pictures of dried up plants I thought I would go back to the open garden event.After a hectic week getting everything ready the weekend arrived and was a great success. Eleven gardens opened, included Glebe House, and in addition we provided lunches, tombolas, an art exhibition, plant stalls,a white elephant stall (ie a junk stall), a Pimms bar and lets not forget the cream teas. Our garden was one of the venues for cream teas and after Diane had made 250 scones we made almost £900 on the teas alone. Overall the money is still being counted but it looks like we have made almost £7500 which, for a village of just 100 houses, is excellent. The money is going to do some improvements in our 13th century village church.The roses were stunning with Rosa Rambling Rector covering the old apple tree and Rosa Bobby James on the right just coming into flower. Probably one of the best comments was when one of the visitors said she always came into our garden to see the rose ‘Rampant Rector’!
Here are some of the roses in the garden:
Rosa ‘Ghislaine de Feligonde’
Rosa ‘Anne Boleyn’ (front) Rosa ‘Lichfield Angel’ (back)
Rosa Rambling Rector
Rosa ‘Ghislaine de Feligonde’
Rosa ‘Anne Boleyn’
Rosa ‘Lichfield Angel’
Rosa Felicite Perpetue
Rosa Bobby James
Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’
Rosa ‘Crown Princess Margareta’
Rosa ‘Alfred de Dalmas’
The main pond had recovered from when it emptied itself and the water stayed crystal clear.and there were no snakes to be seen here either.
We only have one hanging basket and luckily it is on automatic watering so it just as good now.
The dahlias were a bit disappointing as the slow spring had held back the flowers. The only flowering dahlias were Dahlia Arabian Night and Dahlia David Howard. Now they are all struggling due to lack of rain.The Delphinium Black Knight and Rosa ‘Iceberg’ made a great show.This shrub always provides interest. It is Carpenteria californica with Rosa ‘Irene Watts’ in the foreground. Carpenteria californica is quite a rare plant in English gardens and it needs a sheltered position as it is rather tender.June is peak season for poppies which self seed throughout the garden.
We do not have a huge vegetable plot. However, for open gardens even the vegetable plot needs to be weed free.
Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’
Rosa ‘’Open Arms’
Potentilla atrosanguinea var. Argyrophylla ‘Scarlet Starlit’
Geranium palmatum with Rosa ‘Empress Josephine’ and Rosa ‘New Dawn’
Clematis ‘Boulevard ‘Angelique’
Clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’
Anemone ‘Wild Swan’
Elsewhere there were plenty of flowers to see.
As you can see the hedges had not been cut. Actually we ran out of time, however, the current thinking is that it is better to cut box hedging a little later to help prevent blight.