walk in the gardens April 16th and 26th 2006
all the leaves are beginning to emerge and everywhere is looking
fresher and greener. The Cercidiphyllum at the entrance to the garden
is looking almost as good now as it does in the autumn
bank in front of Achamore house is ablaze with daffodils.
north walled garden has a wealth of dwarf rhododendrons coming into
flower. These include Rh. pemokoense, Carmen, campylogynum and Intrifast.
The plum trees are in flower and there is a Magnolia Leonard Messel.
the south walled garden Rh. johnstoneanum has fragrant yellow flowers
and reddish flaky bark, Rh. John Bull has white flowers flushed
with pink and Rh. Songbird has blue flowers.
side the walled garden in Hugh's border is another blue Rhododendron,
Pematit Cambridge and in Islay 's border 2 red rhododendrons Gigha
gem and Argyll.
are now more red and pink rhododendrons coming into flower. Earlier
in the year yellow seemed to be the prominent colour.
in the gardens other rhododendrons flowering are Rh. fulvum, Rh.
thomsonii, Rh. Brocade and Brocade Plus, Rh. Crarae,and a magnificent
Rh. Glory of Athlone and
Rh. Mrs James Horlick.
is an Embothrium flowering and some Azaleas are beginning to flower.
This pale pink one is at the top of what used to be called the servants
One plant I keep forgetting because there are so many of them is
Lysichiton americanum, the skunk cabbage. This plant even grows
in the ditch beside the main road.
April 16 th there was an Easter egg hunt in the gardens and strange
fauna were to be seen amongst the flora! Little hunters both male
and female were to be seen running hither and thither searching
for the elusive eggs! The adults of the species were banned from
taking part but the young hunters had a successful day! And are
hoping for a repeat event next year!