Reflections from Skye

I write from my office on Skye where, not unusually, a keen wind with attendant light rain falls on the verdant landscape. I long to immerse myself in my own garden here but since my return from Childerley Hall I have had to be satisfied with some Bracken bashing in my meadow, however I note with some excitement my orchids are emerging….

I return to Skye having completed a very busy and incredibly productive period in the garden at Childerley with Simon & Ben. This culminated in a series of events including a number of weddings, the Siesta Fiesta on the 17th May and our garden open day on the 7th June. We achieved all we could to bring the garden to a level of presentation to which we could be proud.

We have continued to balance the presentation needs, alongside careful and measured development works and continued repair to flood damage from last August and some damaging late spring winds.

The image shoes the herbaceous border which we meticulously worked through in very early spring, including re-wiring the wall and pruning and tying in the climbers. This year we are delighted with the outcome, with very full planting and much promise. We have done some re planting within the border – including the addition of groups of Lilies, Dahlias, Salvia uliginosa, Phlox, Penstemon, Nicotiana sylvestris and Thalictrum.

The roses, for which Childerley is well known, were perhaps somewhat later this year due to cold nights and at times unsettled weather. However the Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ of which there is a magnificent specimen on the south wall was covered in bloom and much enjoyed by visitors to the Siesta Fiesta.

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