If you put aside botanic gardens, then the best place to gaze upon gorgeous glasshouses is in the walled garden. We ventured out to Millichope Park in Munslow to see the, very nearly, finished restoration of the curved glasshouse.
As part of the restoration, many tiny panes of glass were made good or replaced. Some are engraved with details of people who, one way or another, have been involved with the place, including the volunteers.
There’s lots of beautifully engineered elements like the frame openings and heating vents and pipes…
It is a very impressive glasshouse and a breath-taking rejuvenation.
The owners of the plant nursery rent the walled garden from the Park owners and are in the process of restoring the area as a garden rather than a productive space.
The plant nursery sale beds are arranged by colour which is very handy particularly if you aren’t looking for a specific cultivar/species.
I came away with a geum, ‘Totally Tangerine’ as well as a phlox and pearly blue aconitum. A visit to the tearoom rounded off the trip.
On Saturday, a small group came to practise scything in our orchard. The lovely OH made sure that the spring flowering areas were out of bounds, (these areas won’t be cut back until end June or so), but the rest of the orchard was available and I’m very grateful for their input as the area is looking very spruce now…
The pheasant’s eye narcissus ‘Actaea’ is in flower….
though something is nipping off the flowers from the fritillaries. The concensus, from the scythers, is that it is pheasants doing the damage. Well, at least no flower means that the bulb will be strong, but no flower means no seed! I managed to capture this one in full bloom.
and we have started picking rocket and herbs from the polytunnel….