With a kind reception, and intoduction to the garden staff, I promptly began work here at Hidcote. The team is beginning to prepare various areas of the garden for summer bedding, staking sweet peas, potting up annuals, planting out shrubs and beginning the age-old process of weeding.
The garden area supervisors have also involved me in some long term projects. One being the renovation of the White Garden, which, with time, has grown askew to the original planting design, which was originally more focused on Phlox. The future plant palate is being debated, but until then, perennials have being taken out and potted up to create a clean slate.
Second, in an area called The Wilderness, work is being done to enhance the vista from across the stream, through to the woodland. This view has been created by using the plantings to emulate the view across a mountainous area, in which you have an effect of layering and tapering hills as you move from the foreground to the background.
This practice was repeated on a smaller scale in the Primula Pool below. We also thinned colonies of chandelier primula, as they have been seeding in readily, and planted them in sparse areas.
And of course, one must take advantage of the garden after hours, when the details really shine through.