The roses are blooming beautifully at the moment, the peace rose at the back of the house has never had so many blooms. I think it looks stunning in a vase with some acid brights like our yellow poppies.
The courtyard is turning a gorgeous shade of blue, perfect for painting, with Campanula blooming in all the low lying walls. Eva is working like mad cutting the grass and keeping all the weeding at bay, she’s also particularly annoyed with the spittlebug which seems to be out in force enjoying our lavender! Tina has been doing back-breaking work in the veg patch, which is now looking fabulous, so she’s headed off to Gozo with Paul for a well earned break.
One of our nearby gardens, a location for our ‘Flowers in Gardens’ course with Paul is open to the public this weekend as part of the NGS open gardens scheme. Bramble Torre gardens are set in 20 acres of farmland, the 3-acre garden follows a rambling stream through a steep valley: lily pond, herbaceous borders, camellias, shrubs and roses dominated by huge embothrium glowing scarlet in late spring against a sometimes blue sky! A formal herb and vegetable garden runs alongside the stream while chickens scratch in an orchard of Ditsum plums and cider apples. It’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Search NGS gardens Dittisham to find it!
Lara 11th June 2015