The English Garden A Year in the English Garden

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United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
13 期號


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Welcome to the third edition of our annual, A Year in the English Garden. We start the year in a garden carpeted with snowdrops and crocuses, The Old Rectory in Kent, then visit beautiful gardens that showcase such delights as hellebores and daffodils, among other spring bulbs. Painterly tulips follow at Furzelea in Essex, with early summer blooms, including roses and lavender, taking over at Knowle Hill Farm. Summer heats up – as do the colours – at Tudor Lodgings and The Salutation, before gardens mellow and the subtle tones of autumn prevail at Oakley House and Hall Farm. By December, at Drummond Castle, winter’s crisp outlines have returned. Along with this selection of the finest gardens for every season, we round up the very best plants to add interest to…

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magic carpet

ENSCONCED IN A PATCHWORK OF FIELDS and copses, this is a garden that stirs slowly as the first light penetrates a skirt of woodland and, glade by glade, reveals carpets of frosted snowdrops, golden aconites and silvered crocuses. The winter flowers at the The Old Rectory in Kent, home of Christopher and Karin Proudfoot, create quite a show. “At first, I left well alone,” explains Karin. “It wasn’t until later that I began to see snowdrops as individuals rather than just a wonderful display.” The couple moved here in 1983. “The garden was neglected, with daffodils above tangled grass, overgrown shrubs and hybrid tea roses,” Karin recalls. They were amazed as the winter display unfolded the following February. “Recently, a mini-bus driver brought a group from London and stood rooted to…

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plants of the month

Snowdrops In January winter can seem never-ending, so thank heavens for snowdrops. Just the sight of their pointed, green-grey leaves pushing their way through frozen soil, and sometimes even snow, gladdens the heart and reminds us that spring will return. A lot is written about specialist snowdrops, those rare and wonderful varieties coveted and collected by enthusiasts, but you need only the ‘plain’ old species, Galanthus nivalis, for the heart-lifting effect. Best planted in the green rather than as dry bulbs in autumn, you can order G. nivalis by the hundred in spring at reasonable prices, and they quickly form carpets of delicate white blooms. Lift and divide existing clumps after flowering, to spread them out. They’re simple to grow and simply effective. Sarcococca If you grow one winter-flowering shrub, let it be…

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plan your vegetables

Although it’s too soon to start sowing and planting, January is an ideal time to plan the vegetable-growing year ahead: working out what to grow, how much and where. For the best results when establishing a new vegetable garden, pick a few crops that you love, choose those that taste the best ultra-fresh (such as sweetcorn and courgette flowers) or select those that can be costly to buy. Also, make the most of the chance to grow varieties of familiar crops that are difficult to find in shops, such as the delicious, knobbly-shaped salad potato, ‘Pink Fir Apple’, or heritage tomatoes with stripes or unusual colours. For optimum access, keep your layout simple. Try dividing the vegetable plot into beds approximately 1m wide, each spaced roughly half a metre apart. A 1m-wide…

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• Prune old leaves from hellebores so that their nodding blooms are easily visible. • Recycle Christmas trees by shredding their branches and using the results as a mulch around ericaceous plants. • Order seed potatoes from suppliers, ready for chitting in February. • Take advantage of the bare-root planting season over winter to buy and plant new fruit trees and bushes. • January is an ideal time for forcing rhubarb plants by covering the crown with an upturned plant pot or bucket to exclude the light. • Prune apple and pear trees while they are dormant. Cut out dead or dying branches, and about 10-20% of the old wood, and aim to create an open centre.…

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revelling in the limelight

CELIA AND DAVE HARGRAVE FIRST viewed Trench Hill in Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire, on a wintry February day, but its wonderful views across the Cotswolds won them over, even though the weather was bleak. That was 25 years ago, and they have been crafting the garden here since moving from their old home in Birmingham, where Celia was a head teacher. “We had a garden there and I liked it, but I wouldn’t have described myself as a gardener in any shape or form,” says Celia. “This garden was a blank canvas and it wasn’t planned in any sense. It’s all evolved, as I have as a gardener.” The benefit of gradual evolution over a sweeping masterplan is that the garden feels natural and like it has always been there. Each part that Celia…