|How to grow Wisteria floribunda: E.A. Bowles's plant, grown from seed in 1903 and originally trained over the bridge: it soon escaped up the Yew and over the wall, and is one of the great features of the garden at Myddelton House|
'If a fairy godmother or a talking fish offered me three wishes I think one would be to have the clock stopped for six months on a fine morning towards the end of May. Then, perhaps, I might have time to enjoy the supreme moment of the garden.' Thus wrote E.A. Bowles in My Garden in Spring, adding that he liked to get his gardening friends to visit him in May, when the garden was at its best. It is therefore fitting that a gathering to celebrate the restoration of the kitchen garden and general upgrading of the Myddelton House garden and its facilities was held today.
|Myddelton House - a view little-changed from the frontispiece |
of My Garden in Spring, taken in 1913
|Andrew Parker-Bowles, Wesley Kerr and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall |
with their presentation 'Bowles forks'
|Andrew Turvey with an original Bowles' fork|
|Strands of latex holding together a split leaf of Eucommia ulmoides,|
a trick described by Bowles in My Garden in Summer