PLANT OF THE WEEK

Gravetye Poppies I think it is my favourite time of year to have a walk around the kitchen garden. Meanwhile the first vegetables are cropped, this part of the garden starts filling with many a colourful flower. The poppies are at their peak. It is amazing how many varieties can  be found in the garden. […]

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

Rhododendrons    At this time of year, the East Garden reveals its interest: all the rhododendrons are in full blossom –  pink, blue, white, purple and red. But, what I really enjoy is not looking at the shrubs themselves, but looking at the floor. Indeed, they have just started to drop their flowers, which creates […]

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A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

In the middle of the spring, nearly summer, the garden is in full blossom creating stunning spots of colour: the Spring Garden is enhanced by all the azaleas, the flower garden is ready for the summer planting, the East Garden is also erupting with colour with all the rhododendrons… But, sight is the first sense […]

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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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