After a 'week off' due to Covid, so much has changed in the garden.  Well. it is Spring, so what did I expect?  So by way of a weeny cheat, I'm featuring Six areas of the garden rather than Six things this week.

1. The Knot Garden

I'm starting off in the Knot Garden to admire these Tulip 'Apricot Pride'.  If you want a tulip that comes back year after year, then I would recommend this one, which haven't dwindled in size at all.

Further along the border is Tulip 'Recreado' which has also come back year after year, although some flowers are a little smaller.

2. The Woodland Garden

In the Arboretum, the daffodils are out in force.  Delicate white Thalia in the background and a mix of Narcissus 'Bestseller' and 'Actea' in the foreground.  I find the sun shining through the branches of the trees is just as attractive as the flowers.

I was glad to see the piece about the narcissus at Cotehele on Gardener's World last night.  These ones badly need splitting up and apparently it is OK to do this now, as if you wait until they have died back you have no idea where they are and what they are.    Which is precisely why I've never got round to doing it before.

3. The Front Garden 

Over in the Front Garden (which obviously needs a better name and any suitably pretentious suggestions are welcome), there are two different white tulips.  In the foreground are Tulip Purissima (White Emperor) and in the border behind is a double tulip Exotic Emperor.  

Here is a close up of Exotic Emperor.

The opposite border is dominated by this Magnolia Soulangeana, looking none the worse for some recent frosty spells (as long as you don't get too close).

4. The Potager

In the Potager, there is some planting to be done this weekend.  I have some potatoes which are nicely chitting.  They are Duke of York (no comment).    The Broad Beans are ready to plant out too I think.

I've been undertaking 'light duties' this week, and pricking out tomato seedlings was one such gentle task.  I'm growing Money Maker, Roma, Marmande, Black Russian and Cherry Baby, same as last year.

5, The Rose Garden

In the Rose Garden the mixed daffodils (not planted by me) make a cheery backdrop.  

In the central bed, the tulips are white so they don't clash with the daffodils.

The Rose Garden is bounded by some shrubs, including this Amelanchier planted last year which has had a bit of a hard life (it's leader has died off) but is still flowering its socks off.

The Pieris is looking good too, its flowers having been joined by some fetching red shoots.

6. The Gravel Terrace 

To finish (and about blooming time I hear you mutter) I bring you round to the terrace by the house where there is this little trough of Tete a Tete daffodils.  Cheap as chips from Wilko, this was a surprisingly large bag of bulbs and filled quite a few pots large and small.

That's all from my garden for this week.  Many thanks to the Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.


  1. Stunning gardens and the tulip colours are just wonderful. Purple is one of my favourite colours.

  2. It's nice to see some garden views I think. And you have one of the nicest gardens. Good to see some tulips come back, I like that purple one. And the tete a tete narcissus are so sweet - yours look lovely with the white primula. As for a grand name for the front garden how about the Urn Garden. 😉

    1. Thanks for taking up the garden naming challenge. That certainly has a grand ring to it.

  3. Your garden filled with spring flowers is very beautiful ! Enjoy the beautiful red shoots of the Pieris, ... and hoping you don't have a night frost yet because here they have been hit.

  4. Glad to see you ar feeling well enough for the "light duties" and the tour. Your garden is so lovely! Su

  5. Wow. Your garden really has sprung into action. Beautiful. I hope you're feeling better.

  6. Lots of beautiful things in your garden! As much in the vegetable garden as the spring flowers. My broad beans, peas and tomatoes are in bloom ( start) here but I'm a little ahead. Paradoxically, the cold burnt many of my plants and unfortunately my pieris will not be as pretty as yours.

  7. As you've got two Emperor tulip types in the front, I think you could go with 'The Emperor's Garden', or maybe even 'The Imperial Garden', how's that for pretentious? It is looking lovely there, I really like the combo of the White Emperor with the silver-leaved plant (Stachys?), that's inspired.


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