PLANT OF THE WEEK

After the beautiful daffodils have finished, our orchard is enhanced by the Camassias. I am so delighted to see these blue flowers coming out, after we planted them during winter. Camassia leichtlinii is a bulb, native from America, and from the Asparagus family. It has a long starry blue flower, which stands out perfectly with […]

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

While I was walking near the lower lake, I was suddenly attracted by a strong scent. It was Lysichiton americanus, commonly named yellow skunk cabbage. This rhizomatous herbaceous perennial, from the Arum family – Arialaceae –  is native from America. Despite its unpleasant  smell, it is a beautiful plant which can bring a good ornamental value for […]

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

This week my plant of the week is called the Cuckooflower or Lady’s-smock or Cardamine pratense, it can be found all along the drive as you approach the manor, popping up in small clusters in our meadow and orchard as well as in the woods on the surrounding estate. It has four pale lilac petals […]

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Plant of the Week

My plant of the week this time is not in the gardens here at Gravetye but on the estate and can be found in the wood, by the lower lake. It is called Rubus spectabilis but also has the great common name of Salmonberry. Its native habitat is the west coast of the US but […]

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

This week here at Gravetye, amongst the many exciting things happening at this time of year, I had the pleasure of seeing the first flower of Dog Toothed Violet or Erythronium dens-canis. With markings on the leaf not dissimilar to the Spotted Orchid, only slightly broader, it is a member of the Lily family and […]

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

Ulex europaeus, our common gorse, is in full blossom. This plant is often put aside by the gardeners because it looks a little bit “wild” and prickly. This is why it finds its place at Gravetye, according to William Robinson’s concept of the wild garden and using native plants. Indeed, native from here, this shrub […]

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Natural, not wild!

At this time of year there’s less planting work to do in the garden, so we’ve taken the chance to clear an area between the orchard and the Croquet Lawn which has been left “wild”. One of the most important of William Robinson’s concepts was the wild garden, but “wild” does not mean “wilderness”. It’s a […]

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