Coffee over, off into the garden
We split into two groups, one guided by Suzanne and the other by head gardener James Leonard and another gardener Catherine, and we swapped guides at half time. My group started off down the centre path, and immediately noticed the flowerbeds, colourful and naturally planted with small shrubs, narcissi and tulips.
A little further on, there were two standard wisterias, in full bud, soon to be clouds of white. In the centre of the garden is a large raised circular bed, planted densely with hellebores and fritillaries in flower. There were many clumps of beautifully wrapped spears of leaves and around the centre were various fruit trees – apricots, plums, figs, cherries. The figs are planted in bottomless large pots hidden underground to constrain their roots and encourage fruiting.
Further on, down the path was a Malus ‘Evereste’ in full flower, in a heart-shaped bed with many bulbs including large white Tulip ‘Purissima’ and hellebores. Quite stunning!
Jubilee bed with Malus ‘Evereste’