|E.A. Bowles's alpine meadow at Myddelton House: |
Leucojum vernum flowering with L. aestivum subsp. pulchellum in the foreground.
|Free-fruiting mistletoe, Viscum album|
|Unhealthy box edging on the terrace.|
Fortunately, on the other side of the coin are the successes. Most notable, perhaps, is the restoration of the kitchen garden and its glasshouses. The Peach House was inaugurated last May by the Duchess of Cornwall - the peach tree she planted is now flowering - but since then a beautiful new range has been erected on the footprint of Bowles's glasshouses, incorporating the original tiled pathways. It has only recently been completed and most of the beds are still empty, though there is an impressive assemblage of succulents on the benches, but Andrew Turvey has ambitious plans for each of the three climate regimes available. Does anyone know a source for Strongylodon macrobotrys? The glasshouse will be officially opened in May, but we had a preview guided tour and were duly impressed.
|Andrew Turvey (l) answers questions from members of the Gardens Advisory Group.|