Drifts of Snowdrops

Drifts of Snowdrops

Well if you would like to see some stunning snowdrops this garden is abundant with them. Painswick Rococo Garden has them spilling down the hillsides and throughout the forest floor.

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Companion planting of coloured Cornus stems and Hellebores mix with evergreen shrubs.IMG_9368

A stunning carpet of Cyclamen hederifolium spreads out beneath the white blooms in some areas,

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whilst a complement of evergreen ferns Asplenium Scolopendrium (Hart’s Tongue) supplement the mass of snowdrops in others.

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Don’t rely on my poor photos as you can catch a glimpse on their video. https://vimeo.com/252180121

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.

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Grasses in the Garden

Grasses in the Garden

An excellent article on http://www.hauzz.co.uk about using grasses in the garden by Patricia Tyrrell which includes a picture of Stipa gigantea in a garden that I designed. It shows how this tall translucent grass can bring added beauty to a planting scheme.

Country garden in early summer

Is It Nearly Spring?

Is It Nearly Spring?

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Catkins

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.

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These Hellebores were photographed by Susan Rushton at Gresgarth Hall . Stunning examples. See https://susanrushton.net/

Hellebore Day

Hauser and Wirth Gardens and Gallery

Hauser and Wirth Gardens and Gallery

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I had the chance to visit this amazing place with a group of fellow garden designers. Our main aim was to see the gardens created by Piet Oudolf however, I was totally enthralled by the entire complex at Durslade Farm in Somerset.The combination of art and sculpture gallery, architecture, gardens and restaurant work in total harmony. The cloister area was a particular delight with its mix of grasses and perennials providing a glorious space for the sculpture. At this time of year the main garden has real wow factor. The late summer flowering perennials planted en mass are a delight to the eye. Scale here is everything, but there are beautiful plant combinations to copy. Remember that the planting is on a clay soil. Do visit. It would be worth going for each season and hitting the exhibition changes as well.

SECRET GARDEN SUNDAY

SECRET GARDEN SUNDAY

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June 12, 12 noon till 5 pm. 12 gardens, Queen’s Birthday teas, plant stall and Name the Gnome Trail for children. Tickets £4.00 adults, children under 12 free. Tickets available at the car park. Ryton TF11 9JJ. Do come and join us to see never before opened gardens!

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SECRET GARDEN SUNDAY

SECRET GARDEN SUNDAY

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An Allium just getting ready for Sunday 12 June. Open Gardens Event at Ryton TF11 9JJ

12 gardens, Queen’s Birthday teas, plants stall, gnome trail for children and classic cars.

Tickets on sale at the car park. Adults £4.00 children under 12 free. Noon til 5 pm.