"Excitement around every corner
- a true gardeners delight"
C.Sanders, Hampshire

Looking good in the Garden Late May 2016

In the Chilean Coomb the aptly named Chilean Fire Tree (Embothrium coccineum) is displaying its exotic looking fiery orange scarlet flowers.


Below in the Bamboozle giant new shoots of Phyllostachys edulis are emerging and will soon be growing at a rate of up to 30cm a day.  These are the thickest canes grown outside in the UK.


In the Water Garden look out for the Candelabra Primulas which are looking pretty, the new leaves of Iris pseudoacorus ‘Variegatus’ are coloured cream, yellow and green and the distinctive Arum Lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) which came to Europe over 400 yrs ago from S.Africa.


Our Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana) is at the bottom of the Chilean Coomb and is festooned with fluttering pure-white bracts.  This unique and spectacular tree was introduced from SW China by plant hunter Ernest Wilson at the turn of the 20th century.


Throughout the garden the wild flowers are in profusion, including Bluebells, Campions, Alkanet (a deep blue flowering member of the Borage family), Primroses, Three-cornered Leek (Allium triquetum) and Ramsons (Allium ursinum) (both commonly referred to as wild garlic).