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The Day After......

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What do you do the day after a trip to the Malvern Spring Show?

It feels a bit strange when you’ve been looking forward to something for so long – then the next day you wake up – and you’ve been!

Flat? Hmmm…maybe. I’ll tell you how I spent my ‘day after Malvern’ – but first, here’s what I bought there:

I bought:

Lychnis ’Rollie’s Favourite’
Penstemon newberryi
Diascia ‘Pink Dream’
Geranium sylvaticum ‘Amy Doncaster’
Loropetalum chinense ‘Firedance’
Phlox divaricata ‘Texas Purple’
Semiaquilegia ‘Australian Form’
Semiaquilegia odoxoides
Heuchera ‘Berry Smoothie’
Aquilegia ‘State Texas’

Isn’t the Aquilegia a beauty!

Well – after church, it was still chilly – however, I knew that there was a garden open quite near to us…so I persuaded OH that a short trip there would be a good idea.

The house is very old – it’s called ‘The Court House’ and it’s between the Quantock Hills and the coast, so it’s sheltered. The owners are the Luttrell family, who also owned Dunster Castle, but donated that to the National Trust some years ago. The house isn’t open, sadly.

When we visited this garden 5 years ago, the seasons were ‘in sync’ and this herbaceous border was full of colour. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised at how far behind everything was – after all, in my own garden that’s certainly the case.

This unusual silver and white planting caught my eye.

It was here that I first saw Rosa banksia ‘Lutea’ – and I had no idea what it was! didn’t even recognise it as a rose, as it has no thorns, and the flowers are lttle clusters.

Theirs is on a south-facing wall, very sheltered, and just coming into bloom.

I really fell for this climber – and I planted one in my own garden three years ago. This year, to my great pleasure, it’s got a lot of buds on it and they’ll be opening very soon.

In the courtyard is a magnificent Wisteria – it shows up so well against the old stone. I took a close-up of one of the flowers – so beautiful!

I saw a very large Loropetalum chinense ‘Firedance’ shrub in this sheltered garden. Mine was fleeced and still suffered badly last winter – this one was one of three, obviously thriving with no sign of any damage at all!

Once you’ve walked round the back of the house, the signs point to the woodland walk. It’s at its best at this time of year, with so many different azaleas and rhododendrons to look at – and bluebells out, as well. There’s a little stream running through the area, part of which is being re-planted with hostas, primula bulleyana and astilbes.

It was strange, though – in a woodland area it seemed light, not in shade, and we realised again how far behind everything is – the trees above us were only just coming into leaf.

Returning to the other side of the house, you walk down a grassy slope and in front of you are the Quantock Hills. What a backdrop for the planting here! If it hadn’t been so cold, we’d have sat on the seat at the top and gazed at the view!

In the middle of the lawn is a wonderful ‘Handkerchief tree’ – Davidia involucrata with its white bracts.

That was the view from one side of the house – and this is the view from the terrace at the other side – a view across fields to the Bristol Channel. What a position to build a house!

So that’s what I did to ‘lift’ myself on the day after Malvern…..

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Wonderful place to visit, enjoyed the tour, pity everything was so late, still as you say a lift, we all need some sunshine this cold weather is such a damper to ones spirits.

10 May, 2010

 

~good for you!Nice blog!

10 May, 2010

 

beautiful photos Spritz, i love the grassy slope and the handkerchief tree,the lutea is a new one on me too ideal with children..thank you for the nice stroll i have just had ..loved it :o)

10 May, 2010

 

Thank u 4 day in ur live. Wish I cud have been there 2. It's a lovely place. I sure miss places like that. Lovely pics.

10 May, 2010

 

What a nice way to spend the day in a lovely garden and you still have the joy of placing your lovely new plants :o)

10 May, 2010

 

Enjoyed the tour around as usual ;:~) Lovely photographs
The Geraniums are coming on slowly but surely. Almost lost them but that's another story

11 May, 2010

 

thanks for the tour Spritz, I've never managed to tour round this place, it's always been closed when I get there :(
As for the plants, lovely choice, Berry Smoothie is a very good grower :))
I have the banksia rose too, it's a real beauty isn't it :))))

11 May, 2010

 

Grindle, whenever i see or hear about the banksia i think of you and yours !!!

11 May, 2010

 

A great blog Spritz but why do you need a lift when you return to your own, beautiful garden?

11 May, 2010

 

She probably needed a lift to help her forget me .... whining that i was so cold all day ;-)

11 May, 2010

 

Thanks, all - it's such a lovely place to visit. :-)))

Oh Louise!!!!! Tsk, tsk....As if! Toto - just felt a bit 'flat' after Malvern, that's all....but it was lovely to get amongst my own flowers!

I'm pleased that you have this rose, Grindle - it's going to look wonderful very soon - how's yours doing? This garden is also open by appointment this year - check out the 'Yellow Book'.

Pip - I'm sending you a PM.

11 May, 2010

 

Lovely blog as always, Spritz, you never disappoint! Was so full of lergy by the time we got home from Malvern, that last few days have all been a bit of a blur, but am so glad we went,despite the weather! You,Louise,June and Rebecca and Vicky were the highlight of my day~so who needed the sun,when there are fellow Goyers to meet???
Some wonderful purchases there my friend~and thank you so much for our guided tour around the gardens of 'The Court House'~absolutely lovely! Am so tempted by that 'Banksia rose' though........... :~))

11 May, 2010

 

What a great place to visit there are some lovely views,I agree with you about the Wisteria ,also pleased that you got Amy Doncaster from Malvern it is a lovely Geranium.

11 May, 2010

 

Thanks Flori - I'm sorry you're still poorly..Get well soon! The banksian rose gets mighty big, and needs to face south or west to do well, but the wait for the flowers will be worth it - I must go and take a look-see at the progress of the buds! :-)

Thanks Mavis - it's nice to know that I chose a good one! I can't wait for the masses of buds to open. :-)))

11 May, 2010

 

I think that could lift the spirits of anyone who took the time to wander around there, not only are the gardens gorgeous but the views of the hills and the estuary are beautiful.

11 May, 2010

 

Stunning views - and how fabulous is that Pieris - I've never seen one so large, really impressive with its new red leaves so startling against the green foliage. Can't believe the Wisteria's out - ours is still huddled against the cold with the flowers just burgeoning...

11 May, 2010

 

Loads of buds on mine Spritz, I really need to tackle it soon, the wind blew part of it down, but didn't damage it

11 May, 2010

 

Grindle, that's lucky! At least you won't get ripped to pieces dealing with this one. :-))

It's a very sheltered area, Bamboo, 'twixt sea and hills' as they say!

11 May, 2010

 

Thanks for the tour Spritz, wonderful pics as always, Sir Joseph's Rosa Banksia is a real beauty.

11 May, 2010

 

Thanks - it certainly is - and mine is almost in flower. :-))

Now you'll need to explain who Sir Joseph was, please!

11 May, 2010

 

Sir Joseph Banks, scientist, part of the party in Cook's landing at Botany Bay, Australia, Spritz - he must have something to do with this rose, I'd guess -yep, Banksii, meaning the man.

11 May, 2010

 

Did the Courthouse not have a plant sales area, Spritz? BTW love the heuchera :-))

11 May, 2010

 

That was an interesting place to visit. Well worth a small detour, especially since you were so near it.
Is that old church in the grounds of the house ? It's lovely isn't it..

11 May, 2010

 

Yes, Hywel - I suspect it was all connected once, probably used by the estate workers and house servants, as the house and church are about the same age. We didn't visit the church - I believe it's used by the nearby village now. I'd quite like to, though, as it must have seen a lot of history.

Thanks, Bamboo - interesting! :-)))

Wagger, they had a plant table, but I have to admit that I was disappointed, as there were only Iris laevigata (I have this), small Hebes and shrubby Salvias - quite a bright red, apparently cuttings from a plant in the grounds. Six quid each, too!

11 May, 2010

 

Ouch - message understood. Mind you, that's still cheap compared to Wyvale and Nottcutts GCs.

12 May, 2010

 

Bright scarlet isn't easy to place, is it, unless you have a sunny 'hot border', and mine is facing east, so the Salvia wouldn't thrive there. :-((

12 May, 2010

 

Magnificent scenery Spritz, nothing quite like it for lifting the spirit.

12 May, 2010

 

Perfectly true - I always wondered why this ancient family had two wonderful homes, and I bet the views here had a bearing on that. Lucky them!

12 May, 2010

 

Hi Spritzhenry
I just love the Rosa banksia Lutea, it is just perfect.

14 May, 2010

 

Thanks - mine is now FLOWERING!!! I'll post a photo this evening. :-)))))

14 May, 2010

 

I have a question for you, Spritz, re the Rosa banksiae - is it fragrant or not? My Reader's Digest Encyclopaedia says it is scentless and gets 20 feet - the RHS encyclopaedia says the flowers are "sweetly scented" and the plant reaches 30 feet. My mother in law had this up the front of their house, but I can't recall whether it had any fragrance or not.

15 May, 2010

 

That was a nice blog, in spite of chilly weather must have been a lovely visit.

I whizzed down to Malvern Show, but only to pick up & help transport fuchsias and bits of display stand back to my hometown for the North Worcester Fuchsia Society. The members who'd been there all day were on a high, because they said despite being supplied with plants that had hardly any flowers on yet, they'd enjoyed a lot of interest from visitors, good sales and lots of appreciative comments about how helpful and informative they were. So I just got an impression of the show as most people were packing away. It looked lovely, but if I'd gone any earlier in the day I'd have returned bankrupt. Lots of nice things, but seemed quite pricey? I wonder which stands you went to, apart from display gardens, and whether you can recommend any for next show? I may go down in the autumn to help, by which point some fuchsias should at least be flowering.

15 May, 2010

 

Bamboo - I went and sniffed it close up - no scent at all....

Weeding, I didn't find it too pricey, apart from one stand which Louise and I left alone! We probably looked at all the Nurseries, to be honest, as we both love plant-browsing. Must give a mention to Vicky's, though - it looked great and she was so helpful.

I can't really recommend one against another, though - that wouldn't be fair, as they all try so hard to have great displays and lots of choice.

A couple of outside ones worried us - the plants seemed leggy and were trussed up to canes!! I wouldn't buy a plant that looked like that, would you?

15 May, 2010

 

oo-er, no.

15 May, 2010

 

Poor plants....:-((((((

16 May, 2010

 

I don't understand why people would buy them like that ... is it just to cut them back again and let them start over ????
They look terrible !

16 May, 2010

 

If I'd had scissors with me, I'd have been sorely tempted to 'release' the poor things. Tsk, tsk.

16 May, 2010

 

Thanks Spritz - confirming once again that the RD Encyclopaedia tends to be more accurate than the RHS one.

16 May, 2010

 

Just seen this blog Spritz and enjoyed it muchly. I know what you mean about feeling flat after Malvern. I think it's because the wait is so long and the time there so short. It was time to head back to the coach before I had time to see half of what was on offer and it was too cold to take many pics:-( Cheered myself up yesterday (Saturday) with a visit to Fourseasons in Walsall, short bus ride for me, but never been. It was a lovely day and I'm doing a blog on my visit. I can remember the first time I saw a 'ghost/handkerchief' tree in full flower...magnificent. I think it was at Bodnant or Kew. I'm going to google your lychnis now.

16 May, 2010

 

We all need to do things like that on occasion, Ba, and you're spot on. It was also far too crowded in the 'indoor' parts to get the camera out, and too wet outside!

Looking forward to reading your blog - are their flowers late, as well?

I haven't googled the Lychnis - if you find anything interesting, do please let me know!

16 May, 2010

 

They don't really go in for perennials, and some azaleas appeared a little late, but others in full bloom, ditto tulips. You should see what they do with acers, amazing. As for your lychnis...all good, originally mis-named as silene robotii, flos jovis in its pedigree, it's even deer resistant!.....Very attractive to badgers though.......only joking;-)

16 May, 2010

 

LOL, ooh Ba, that's evil ;-)

16 May, 2010

 

SOB SOB..........Weep, weep, sniff, sniff......

16 May, 2010

 

Ah, bless :-)))
xx
Watch out Ba, Spritz might cast an evil spell ...... ;-)

16 May, 2010

 

I have ways............;^Z}

16 May, 2010

 

Oh nooooo:-(

16 May, 2010

 

So do NOT mention the forbidden word - b*****s........or else......;-(((((((

16 May, 2010

 

Can we call them 'the animals'? Bit like 'the Scottish play', lol.

17 May, 2010

 

Spritz, I've put Forseasons blog on now, but i don't know how to get the blog title in bold like everyone elses, any ideas? Good idea Wagger, I like that:-)

17 May, 2010

 

Ba, I've just read it, and the title 'is' bold! I think it does that automatically.

Yes, you can, Wagger, and the 'animals' have wreaked havoc yet again this morning.

"Life gets tedious, don't it?" Remember that one?

17 May, 2010

 

They are really giving you a hard time, aren't they? I hope you can tidy it up before your 'open days'........and no, I don't remember a song from 1948!!!! and don't believe you do either, lol. Somebody must have done a repeat of it twenty years later.

17 May, 2010

 

OH will cut the lawns, and if there are holes in them - we'll just have to explain, won't we!

I sort of remember bits of that song - only it was spoken, I think....I wouldn't remember it from 1948, no.

17 May, 2010

 

Loved every second of this blog. Great views, great commentary and great pics.....:o)

18 May, 2010

 

Thanks, Ob! That's lovely to hear. :-)

18 May, 2010

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