Oak before the Ash, we’re in for a splash!

Hidcotes' Pasture Land

Hidcotes’ Pasture Land

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.

Colorful Erythroniums in the Old Garden

Colorful Erythroniums in the Old Garden

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.

White Garden with Topiary Birds

White Garden with Topiary Birds

Herbaceous material removed for the area to be reinterpreted.

Herbaceous material removed for the area to be reinterpreted.

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.

View through the Wilderness, from Mrs. Winthrops Garden.

View through the Wilderness, from Mrs. Winthrops Garden.

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.

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Primula Pool, located in the Wilderness, exhibits a layering and tapering effect with the use of Hosta and Iris on either side with Primula and Marsh Marigold running through the center.

And of course, one must take advantage of the garden after hours, when the details really shine through.

Bluebells in the beech woods.

Bluebells in the beech woods.

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The Upper Stream, with nodding pink Darmera blooms.

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Cherry blossoms in the Lower Stream Garden

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Lower Stream Garden

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Cherry Allee and late Daffodils

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Apple Orchard

2 comments

  1. paulkuenstner

    Tim – thanks for the update. What a great time of year to be at Hidcote. Glad to hear you’re off to a good start.

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