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Looking Good in the Garden

May 2015

Late flowering Rhododendrons – on Stuart’s Hill (H07)* there are beautifully scented, slightly tender Rhodos.  They are predominantly white with frilly edges, some with flashes of rose pink. Further down the garden on Beach Path (E15)* R. ‘Loderi King George’ one of our finest Rhodos is in full flower.

On Badger’s Walk (I08)* there is a massed planting of deciduous Azaleas (Rhododendron luteum) just starting to flower, which also have a fantastic scent.

The foliage on our giant Copper Beeches has recently opened up and looks magnificent with the sun shining through the new leaves.

By Azolla Pool (F15)* giant new shoots of Phyllostachys edulis are growing at a rate of up to 30cm a day.  If you look amongst the stand there is one of last year’s canes that has surpassed all others and we believe it to be amongst the thickest growing outside in the UK!

In the Water Garden the Candelabra Primulas are starting to look pretty and throughout the rest of the garden, the wild flowers are in profusion (incl. English Bluebells, Red Campion, Ramsons (broad-leaved garlic) and Alkanet (member of the Borage family with gentian blue flowers).

Our wonderful Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana), from China, at the bottom of the Chilean Coomb (H15)* is festooned with fluttering pure-white bracts. This species is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful trees



*(denotes Grid Square reference on map in guide book)