What a difference a day makes, don’t know how long exactly our spell of lovely mild weather will last, but we decided to make the most of it and go garden visiting to admire snowdrops!! We went to East Lambrook Manor in Somerset which has a Grade I listed cottage garden created by Margery Fish between 1938 and 1969. Margery Fish was a celebrated plantswoman in her time and is a well known author of gardening books, some of which I have read over and over again.
This was the beautiful sight which greeted us as we entered the garden, lovely C. tommasinianus, all open wide for any passing bee, due to the lovely sunshine.
I can see that some people wouldn’t like them seeding into their lawns, but here it just looked so magical, I loved it.
The 17th Century Manor House was a run down chicken farm when Margery Fish and her husband bought it in 1938. Never having gardened before, she learned very quickly and soon became obsessed with gardening, just like the rest of us!
The cottage garden that she made soon became famous through the many books that she wrote and articles for magazines.
Here we have the start of the ditch in the garden, which I think is the most famous part of the garden. Even though it has so many plants flowering now, Margery Fish planted it up so that it flowered through until autumn.
Snowdrops as far as the eye could see, but in between are plants to flower later, the ditch looks wonderful when all the astilbes are flowering.
Looking at the planting makes me think I should make more of the ditch here, but at this point I noticed that the sides are terraced, which would provide nice soil for all the special plants, hmm!
Two sides of the garden have the boundary marked by a beech hedge and everywhere there were aconites and snowdrops peeping out, reaching for the sun.
Before we came, I promised myself that I didn’t need any more snowdrops for the woodland, I kept telling myself that I really didn’t need any more!
At the entrance to the sales area is a raised bed containing one each of all the varieties that they have in the garden.
What lovely markings on Grumpy.
Now if these two were in the sales area, I might be tempted, but no such luck, they weren’t there unfortunately.
Did I buy anything, you will have to wait and see! On the way back to the car we noticed that lots of other flowers had opened, here was a lovely white Chaenomeles looking really beautiful on a north facing wall.
At the base of the old Malt House wall were lots of clumps of Iris unguicularis sporting loads of flowers, enjoying the sunshine.
There were lots and lots of hellebores, white, yellow, pink, plum, almost black, singles and doubles, they all looked beautiful in between the snowdrops.
Time now to go to the pub next door where we had a super lunch before making our way home. Did I buy any snowdrops, what do you think!?
Meet Galanthus Gloria, they might not have had Sibbertoft Manor for me to buy, but Gloria is almost the same. Pure white, with the inner petals nearly as long as the outer petals and quite tall. I discovered on the way home, with it sitting on my knee, that it has a lovely perfume too.
Not a good photo, sorry, but look at the side of Gloria, she has a baby! Hopefully next year we will have 2 flowers! Looking Gloria up in the small book “Snowdrops” by Gunter Waldorf, he describes it as ” a poculiform snowdrop from the same French origin as Angelique.” I think poculiform means that the inner and outer petals are all the same length, and I have a nice clump of Angelique which has increased quickly, I hope this one does the same!
G. Gloria was taken into the woodland as soon as we got home and now lives just behind Wendy’s Gold. They are on a slope at the end of the woodland and would you believe, the soil was fairly dry, even after all our rain, so she had a good watering in.
We had a lovely day out, making the most of the first warm, sunny day this year, so warm, the jacket came off!! If anyone would like to find out more about East Lambrook Manor, please click here. If the lovely weather continues, it will be out into the garden tomorrow to try and catch up with all the jobs that need doing.