Winding Down

From Spain to Woking, Cambridge to Bath: many more miles have been covered in the past few weeks. The whirlwind of travel has ended (for now) with our last two weeks in England being settled happily at Hidcote. After spending a full week in one place, I am finally able to make a coherent grocery store list and have time to stroll around the garden and the surrounding area.

The view that surrounds Hidcote

The view that surrounds Hidcote

A couple weeks ago, we completed a placement at the Royal Horticulture Society Garden, Wisley. Here, we spent the week rotating through many areas of the garden, meeting an entirely new team each day. We spent a day each with the formal, herbaceous, woodland, alpine, and glasshouse teams. Each morning, we would get a short tour of the areas we were working in. This was good perspective because Wisley is a garden that evolves over time. Changes are made for the long-term and the garden is not the same as it has always been. This is different than the National Trust properties we have worked with, where conservation is usually of top priority. Special thanks to the garden team and administration at Wisley who welcomed us to their garden for the week. The scale of Wisley is incredible; here are some photos:

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Inside the glasshouse

Inside the glasshouse

The white garden

The white garden

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South African meadow

South African meadow

Rock garden

Rock garden

Crevice garden

Crevice garden

There were some really great grass patterns throughout the garden

There were some really great grass patterns throughout the garden

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Planting iris bulbs on the crevice garden

Planting iris bulbs on the crevice garden

An orchid display that I revamped in the glasshouse. I replaced plants that had finished blooming with new ones from the stock

An orchid display that I revamped in the glasshouse. I replaced plants that had finished blooming with new ones from the stock

I took a detour on the way back to Hidcote to visit a garden center and a garden (shocking, eh?). Both of them were back separate mile long one lane roads, so it was an adventure as always! The garden center was called special plants; a apt name for the selection that was packed into the tiny space.

Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherokee Sunset'

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Merveille Sanguine'

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Merveille Sanguine’

Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Beauty'

Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Beauty’

Echinacea 'Tomato Soup'

Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’

The garden I visited was called Iford Manor. Built stepped down on hill, this garden was stunning to explore. The main feature was certainly the architecture, which provided a charm to the place that’s not easily achieved. The place had the “untouched” feel of a garden that does not have a lot of visitor traffic.

 

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Found this guy in the woods

Found this guy in the woods

Here at Hidcote, hedge cutting has begun which is a daunting task that will be carried out over the next few months. Combined with end of summer maintenance, there is a lot to keep everyone busy. We are enjoying our last days in this beautiful place.

-James

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