Yesterday I started to show you around my garden in Part One. I hope you will now join me for the second half of the garden tour… there’ll be tea and cake afterwards! 😉
We got as far as the bench near The Professor yesterday, at the bottom of the pathway. So now we can look back up at the west-facing rockery. The Iris sibirica are still blooming, and the pink scented peony is opening too. Below the Binocular Man you can see the Cotoneaster in flower next to one of the largest rocks in the rockery. The round frame bottom right is for the pink Aster novae-angliae ‘Alma Pötschke’ in the autumn, as it gets so leggy. I forgot to give the Asters and the Achilleas the Chelsea chop this spring and it is probably too late now.
Let’s look at that pink peony up close. Mmmm, can you smell it?
A few steps further along the base of the rockery and we can see around the corner where the Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) flourishes. In this steepest part of the rockery there is a lot of Teucrium hircanicum spreading nicely, some Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium ‘Stahl Rose’ ) a lot of weeds(!), some Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale), a Buddleia davidii and the Miscanthus Adagio at the bottom. Somewhere in there is the rhubarb too! On the right is a tall hardy Hibiscus.
If we turn around we can see the former stream bed, fed with rain water directed from the roof, that used to run down to a pond before our time here – the pond is now our compost heap! There was some extravagant hardware built into this garden in the 1970s, but little thought on maintenance, and terrible neglect when we arrived. The now dry stream bed is planted with Day Lilies, Aruncus, and a single pale yellow iris that only flowers if we have had enough damp weather… It seems a shame to disturb them, so it will probably remain as a reminder of what once was…
On the left of the bridge across the stream bed are the ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris). Although they get full sun here they still thrive, but need cutting right back most years by midsummer if they get scorched by strong sun.
Now we can see the south-facing rockery, full of Valerian, Poppies, Lavender and at the top the glorious golden Euonymus fortunei – a very hardy, evergreen and drought-resistant shrub that I wouldn’t be without.
If we take a few steps back we can see the trees in our garden and the woods beyond as the backdrop. The Miscanthus on the left (just visible behind the ferns) will change this view when it finally gains height in the summer.
Up the steps next to another large rock and back to the patio…
There, now we have reached the top of the south side and you can see the fresh growth of the lavenders and roses, which will provide colour throughout June and July, along with the Red Valerian which will hopefully attract lots of butterflies and Hummingbird Hawk-moths again.
Shall I put the kettle on now? Take a seat and enjoy the view!
I hope you enjoyed the walk around my rockery. Perhaps you will give us a tour of your garden soon too? 😉