in the garden May 2006
This is probably the best month so far for colour in the gardens.
There are Rhododendrons of all colours, including Rh. falconeri
(White), loderi Sir Joseph Hooker (pink), Leo (red), Colonel Rogers
(purple) and Titness Beauty .
There are also blue, orange and yellow ones.
Azaleas both deciduous
and evergreen are flowering all through the gardens. On the main
drive bright orange and yellow azaleas and
elsewhere Japanese azaleas in pinks white, purple, and red.
Work on the drains on the main drive is well under way and though
it looks messy now hopefully it will be less wet in the future.
Work is also being carried out on rebuilding a dry stone dyke and
some trees have been cut down.
Other plants flowering are Embothriums, Abutilon, Sophora tetraptera
Enkianthus and in the Malcolm Allan garden the Pieris formosa forrestii
is sprouting its new red leaves!
The woods are full of bluebells and in many parts of the gardens
there are candelabra Primulas.
New help has been enrolled to keep pests, (slugs and snails) under
control! Hedgehogs have been seen in the walled garden and the theatre
garden. And adding to the general colour in the walled garden the
peacocks have been displaying their plumage.