July 2015 Monk’s House a writer’s garden part 2

the Writer,
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in my last post I posted photos of a writer’s garden and last December I wrote 2 posts about an Artist’s garden, you can read those posts here the garden of Artists and here Charleston,

the Artist is Vanessa Bell and the Writer her sister Novelist Virginia Woolf, the 2 houses are not very far from each other on the edge of the Southdowns, a line of chalk hills across the south east of England, there is another line of hills a bit further north, just south of London, they are the North downs, I grew up close to these downs and lived the longest part of my life near them,
you can walk from each of the sister’s house to the others’ and it is said they used to visit each other frequently,
there were lots of pots in the flower garden many looked old though I do not know if they were there in Virginia’s time,
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there are also pieces of old garden equipment, again I do not know if they are from when Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived there,
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there is a long conservatory across most of the back of the house,
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Erigeron karvinskianus, mexican daisy had seeded every where, though this bucket was probably planted, since living on Lewis things like this make me smile as on the island the bucket and content would be whisked away by the winds,
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I loved these terracotta pots/urns and the narrow brick paths,
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the wall in the foreground is where the bust of Virginia is in the garden,
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Virginia is just off to the right, you can see the bust of Leonard at the far end,
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they look over a small quiet lawn, a very peaceful enclosed part of the garden,
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there is a flint wall across at this end of the enclosed flower garden, a seat over looks the small old orchard,
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the greenhouse is in the orchard, I love Virginia’s diary entry, I think all gardeners ‘water their gardens with money’
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Virginia’s writing hut is at the edge of the orchard, I can’t believe I don’t have a photo, I can only assume I could not get one without people, as you leave the orchard there is a large grassed area with open views over the Weald of Sussex, the flat low land between the North and South downs, I don’t have a photo, sorry, there is a set of bowls on the grass for visitors to have a game, my grandsons enjoyed playing,
to the right behind a high hedge is the vegetable garden, this is where Leonard Woolf grew most of their fruit and veg, apparently he was an avid gardener,
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the garden is now owned and run by the National Trust,

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July 2015 a writer’s garden part 1

as the weather here now is back to wet, more wet and did I say wet!
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and as I still had not posted about the third garden I visited when staying in Sussex last July,
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now is the time to remind myself
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and anyone else experiencing non summer weather
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of a lovely summer garden,
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I can’t provide the sounds so when viewing these photos
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imagine you can hear a constant buzz of pollinators
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and chirping of birds,
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the warmth of the sun on your skin
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and the multiple perfumes of summer flowers in an English country  garden,
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I like the bark of this tree, imagine sitting in it’s shade,
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I will post more of the garden and the gardeners in part 2 in a couple of days, x

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belated bloom day ~ May

the nice weather early last week had me in the garden most of the day and evening, the continued drier weather had me in the garden all week except Sunday, Sunday and this morning (Monday) I spent finishing my last French essay for the course I’m doing, so, blogging and blog reading have been put on hold, the forecast is for a wet week this week so I am glad I ‘made the most’ of the drier garden while it lasted,

despite the cold winds the brave plants in my garden are blooming, I don’t think I have ever had so many blooms, the addition of more plants has of course been the main reason for the fuller look in some areas, my favourite delight has been that I finally have erythroniums,

Erythronium dens-canis ‘Rose Queen’ which of 3 plants had only one flower, which flowered at the end of April, but I just had to include it, I didn’t see it fully open so didn’t get a photo, the alder terrace bed,
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Erythronium californicum ‘White Beauty’ I love this one,
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Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ finally I see some flowers, there are 10 planted in the woodland border but the east wind has dried them before they fully opened,
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Caltha palustis, Marsh marigold, Kingcup, and daffodils in the ditch,
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alder garden, the geums are starting to flower,
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Primula Veris, Cowslip, sorry it’s blurry, I blame the wind, I wanted to show the markings in the flowers, cowslips seem so much more fragile than other primulas,
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unknown narcissus,
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Geranium phaeum
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the wildflower slope,
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remember the bulbs and corms that were pulled up last autumn and winter, well some survived, Fritillaria ‘Uva vulpis’
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and Tulip ‘Clusiana chrysanta’ I am absolutely loving these species tulips and intend to buy more this autumn, when closed they are red but when open inside they are pure gold, beautiful,
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the damp meadow as always at this time of year is ‘a host of golden daffodils’
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from another angle, there are lots of native primroses too, and Euphorbia palustris, I have three small plants from cuttings I took last year and I want to divide this clump to make more of it as it is lovely and goes well with the big yellow daffs,
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dogwood border, the unweeded side, I like these double daffs with the dogwood stems which will be cut soon,
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I have managed to keep the grass and weeds down along part of the woodland edge, I know the primmy stands out but lower your eyes a little and you will see 2 blue anemone flowers, I never planted these they have seeded and are doing better than the parent plants, so they know where best to grow,
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Arum americana, Skunk cabbage, has had 4 spathes this year, never before, the east wind has blown over the first 2 and now the leaves are growing these last 2 have a better chance of remaining,
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the white bluebells under the trees are just starting to open,
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back towards the house, Tulip ‘Queen of the Night’ and Heuchera ‘Blackberry Jam’ the heuchera has suffered with the winter winds, I thought I’d lost it but it is a brave little plant, I am though going to move it to the species rose border where it will not be so exposed,
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the tulips in the pots are flowering but not what I thought I was buying, there are still some in bud when they are all out so I can see what they are like I am going to write a post about them,
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the phormium bed, Euphorbia ‘Martinii’ wallflowers and saxifraga flowering behind,
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Tulips Jimmy and Ronaldo with wallflowers behind, I am loving the greens with the dark flowers and this added pop of orange, Euphorbia ‘Humpty Dumpty’ in the foreground, this didn’t flower last year so we will see what this year brings,
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Symphytum × uplandicum, Russian comfrey just starting to flower in the birch border,
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and Silene dioica, red campion,
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Wallflower Ivory white, yes it is ivory white, with so much yellow I thought the nursery had made a mistake but no, the operative word in the name is Ivory, which as we know is not white, they are making a nice show and they seem unfased by the wind unlike the wind burnt narcissus,
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this border was part of my end of month view last year and I had noticed and asked for suggestions for spring planting as it was empty of flower after the crocus and narcissi, the added planting shows it is so much fuller and flowery this year, thanks for suggestions, Muscheri aucheri White magic
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Ivory white wallflowers in the jungle front bed, the dark soil is a compost mulch,
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Erica erigena ‘Brightness’ which used to be pulsating with pollinators but not in this cooler weather, there was some activity early last week but it has gone too cold again,
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Saxifraga ‘Golden falls’
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unknown daffodils, they are quite sweet small blooms and some stems have 2 flowers,
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unknown narcissi, these too are sweet small blooms with 2 blooms on some stems, twins,
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sorry there are so many photos but I have never had so many to share before, and there are times of the year when there in nothing blooming, so forgive me,

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