If you have a chance, do go and look. There are several species of Snowdrop together with their own special Galanthus Atkinsii which is a tall variety. You can purchase the plants in the green to plant up now. I have to add rather a lot to my garden to create the same effect. Thankfully you can achieve a beautiful display even in a small area.
I was lucky enough to get a guided tour of this new garden festival in Sicily when visiting recently. What a delight. There were not a large number of show gardens but all had been constructed with care and attention to detail and had survived an extremely hot summer. The use of native plants that have been specifically researched and known cultivars which are suitable for the Mediterranean climate were a revelation. One exhibit shows the land map of Italy and its specific flower, fruit, nut and vegetable production particular to regions in the country. The planting had really matured this late in the season so looked far better than my photographs show.
This is a very new site and event and I look forward to the next show in 2019. The UK was well represented this year by Sarah Eberle and James Basson, both well known Chelsea Gold medal winners. The designs were all to a very high standard and the explanations to long for me to give here so check out the website.
It was so quiet, we had the whole place to ourselves. Make a note in your diary for the next event.
Mount Etna in the background, an exceptional tropical house and art installations. A good excuse to visit Sicily.
As the catkins open up and start to release their pollen it looks as though spring is just around the corner. The Hellebores have been in flower for a while and once the old foliage is removed they look stunning with a real splash of colour. Crocus, snowdrops and daffodils are all in full bloom here too. Thank you to Rich Walker for this lovely image.
These Hellebores were photographed by Susan Rushton at Gresgarth Hall . Stunning examples. See https://susanrushton.net/
Visit Ryton, TF11 9JL for the SECRET GARDEN SUNDAY event on 12 June, 12 noon till 5 pm. 12 gardens, plant stall, classic cars, name the gnome trail and Queen’s Birthday teas. Tickets on sale at the car park on the day. £4.00 per adult and children under 12 free.