We met up with a friend the other week who was making her way home from Dorset to Wales, at Margery Fish’s garden at East Lambrook Manor in Somerset. There is also a good pub opposite, The Rose and Crown, which is ideal for lunch. I think the pub must do very well from all the visitors to the garden, especially in February as the garden is famous for it’s snowdrops. One year we went and got the last available table, so its best to book ahead.
There were lots of lovely Japanese Anemones near the silver garden, I wish mine were as good as this. Mine are struggling in more shade, maybe I ought to move them.
Quite a few Asters were bringing in lots of bees.
I’m not sure which flower this is, maybe a Helianthus, do let me know if you know differently!
A few varieties of Phlox were looking pretty in the borders. Everywhere had a very relaxed feel as though the garden was gently winding down.
There were quite a few plants that I couldn’t identify and looking underneath in the borders, I couldn’t find labels when I wanted to! Is this a Willow Gentian or a Campanula, I think maybe a Willow Gentian. It’s the right time of year for a Willow Gentian.
Once again, I couldn’t find a label, but I think this is an herbacious clematis. It was covered in these tiny pale blue flowers, smaller than in the photo, which looked really pretty in the border. I have read since coming home, that it is Clematis jouiniana Praecox, it is herbacious but can be trained upwards if desired. It is treated like the viticella clematis, just needing to be cut down to about 2 ft in February. I looked in our local garden centre to buy one, but none there, so I have ordered one as I think the pale blue flowers are a nice change from all the yellow and orange at the moment.
Clerodendrum bungei was recognised straight away. The flowers look as though they should be a favourite with butterflies, but I couldn’t see any taking advantage of them. I’m almost tempted to buy one, the flowers are so beautiful.
I might have not been able to see any butterflies, but the undergardener spotted this dragonfly hanging on the next bush.
This view appealed to me because of all the different shades, shapes and textures of the foliage. The only flowers are from the Persicaria in the foreground, but I think it looks very interesting and tempted us further down the path.
There were quite a few different Salvias which reminded me that I could put some in my side border by the field for colour in late summer. I don’t think Salvias would like my wet soil over the winter but if I keep them going from cuttings I should be ok shouldn’t I?
This next shrub took my breath away, it was so, so pretty! I love it, but what is it, I couldn’t find a label and I couldn’t find anyone to ask, I think we were the only people in the garden. It is a Euonymus but which one, there are quite a few?
Just look at those gorgeous little pink fruits which will open up to show the orange seeds inside. I’ve fallen in love, I want one, but I need to know which it is! I sent an e.mail to East Lambrook Manor to see if they could tell me, they very kindly replied that the person who knows is on holiday at the moment, but they will e.mail me when he comes back.
Rather a nice large flowered Golden Crocosmia.
There were lots of Dahlias dotted around.
And lots of clumps of Arum italicum under large conifers, I was almost on my knees crawling underneath to photograph these, just as well we were the only ones around!
Another plant that I was attracted to was this Hedychium, a ginger lily, I was certainly getting lots of inspiration from this garden.
I spy a nursery tucked away behind the plants, was I tempted, of course I was!
Just four plants jumped into the basket, a lovely bronze/orange grass, Carex testacea which will go into the sunset border, along with a Digitalis ferruginea which has flowers almost the same colour as the grass. Also, another Digitalis, this time D. Milk Chocolate and a pink/lilac Aster Brilliant. Unfortunately they didn’t have either the Hedychium or the Euonymus, or the Clerodendron or the Clematis for sale, what a pity.
A beautiful swathe of Golden Rod was planted by the exit, it looked really stunning swaying with the wind and contrasting with the purple foliage behind it. It is a big plant but here, where it had lots of room, it looked wonderful!
We then parted from our friend and made our way home, thanks Rosemarie, it was good to see you again and catch up on all your news!