Garden progress update…
Much has happened in our garden since I last updated on progress in May and we have seen many changes. After carefully marking where clumps of bulbs popped up, we were excited to see established perennials coming through. The early beauty of Camellias and Magnolias were then swiftly joined by Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Hydrangeas. Other reliable evergreen shrubs including Photinia, Laurel and Osmanthus, were then identified along with their deciduous neighbours including Forsythia, golden Salix, Buddleja, Cercidiphyllum, and Sambucus all creating an exciting backdrop. Looking around the garden now, the list seems endless.
Practising what we preach in the garden
In line with practising what we preach, all new planting has been from Bay View Garden stock. Plants have established well, with many exceeding our expectations.
As the season has progressed, from the ‘Beast from the East’ to the heights of heat from Spain and France, we have added other beautiful perennials, such as Aquilegia (with ‘Navy & White’ being my personal favourite), Centaurea, Cirsium, Alchemilla, Poppies, Lupins, Monarda, Geraniums, Lavendula, Scabious, Hemerocallis, Phlox, Alcea, Gypsophilia and Knifophia amongst many others.
Bringing the beds back to life
Bringing the beds and their surroundings back to life has not been easy, but it has been a true labour of love for myself, and the other members of the Plant Team who have all lend a helping hand.
Also encouraging, were the positive comments on the gardens progress from our many visitors, including those who attended our Enchanted Fun Day earlier in the summer. Especially rewarding has been advising customers on what to plant and where, from experience gained by the garden project.
And with so much more to look forward to our ambitious programme of planting continues. Watch this space!
Stefan, Plant Assistant