Friday, 22 June 2012

The Final Push

Greetings from the Fred Whitsey Library at Hidcote, where I am currently installed and in the midst of a Final Push! The end is near, and unfortunately my garden history assignment will not write itself. A double post here, please see the previous post for more of Giverny (the silence was eerie). Cheerio for now!

In the Old Garden, a nice evening to enjoy Tamarix tetrandra

The Long Walk, looking almost lime green with the fresh leaves of the Hornbeam hedges

One afternoon the water ran brown in the stream, reminding me of Wonka’s river in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A joyful mix of candelabra primulas, iris and ferns in the Upper Stream garden. The stepping-stone leads to Mrs Winthrop’s Garden

Carpenteria californica surrounded by Libertia grandiflora in East Court

Convolvulus tricolour in Mrs Winthrop’s Garden

Old Garden scene, and the ominous clouds that have typified the weather in recent weeks

Wisteria floribunda ‘Alba’ unfurling delicately at the end of the Rose Walk

Also up the Rose Walk, Onopordum acanthium (the Scotch Thistle) and some Lupins gifted to us by Maurice the local Lupin grower

In the Glasshouse, plants awaiting planting. Argyranthemum ‘Jamaica Primrose’ and Verbena ‘La France’ (actually rather hardy, worth risking outside over winter)

Three dead May beetles were recorded on the first of June. Science!

Moths are funny little blighters. Here a Common Swift that was in no rush whatsoever to leave my hand! ‘This is nice and warm, I’ll just settle here a while’

My wildflower project down by the bee hives is nudging along rather well, the thing is in flower now but I shall post about that later

Amongst the earliest blooms to appear by the hives was this pleasant combination of Foxglove and Cow Parsley


Rosemary said...

Lovely photos Bertie - not such good weather as when I visited last week.
So glad you named that Convolvulus, I asked one of the helpers who did not know the name, and I suggested it must be some form of Convolvulus. It is so striking, must watch out for some seeds.
Lots and lots of good luck for the final push.

Michael B. Gordon said...

Best of luck on the final push, Bertie!

Rob Stevens said...

Nice pictures on both posts. Now, much as I enjoy your posts, less blogging and more assignment writing! Good luck.

Gardener in the Distance said...

All the very best, Bertie. You have so many beautiful photos. I'm ashamed to say I don't know Tamarix.
I especially love your Foxgloves and Cow Parsley together.

DD said...

Good luck with your essay Bertie!

The Green Lady said...

Gorgeous photos. I love the chocolate river and all the different planting styles.


What a wonderfull garden !
Céline Chollet, french watercolorist.

Prue said...

I missed this! Hope your assignment is finished now Bertie. Good luck!
I love the combination of the white foxglove and cow parsley. All the pictures are, of course, wonderful as usual and your bee-garden a wonderful sight to behold.

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

I think that we sent all of our rain clouds to England for the summer, for there are not many around Pennsylvania! Very hot and dry.

Thanks for the view of summer. Everything looks nice and green and flowery. I hope you can enjoy a holiday soon!

rosa complicata said...

Whow! that Carpenteria is stunning! And the Onopordum and Lupins combination too! Great job.

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