Langdale Spring 2013

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Tulipa 'Ballerina' in the Woodland GardenIt felt like winter was never going to end, didn’t it?  But when spring finally did arrive it turned into one of the most colourful I can remember.

It’s hard to think that when we arrived at Langdale the raised bed backed by a weathered stone wall was an overgrown jumble of weeds.  Now (below) it houses a collection of bulbs and smaller plants, including at this time of year Phlox ‘Emerald Cushion’, Aubretia tumbling over the wall, creamy white Ipheion ‘Albert Castillo’ and Tulipa ‘Little Beauty’.

Raised BedOnce again the lily-flowered tulip Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ (right) has done its stuff in the Woodland Garden.  It literally glows, making an excellent combination with golden Euphorbia polychroma ‘Midas’.

Garden development is progressing well – recent highlights include the installation of a very decorative but also functional steel archway that runs the length of the path in the productive garden, and a raised viewing platform giving interesting views over the garden and the surrounding countryside.  We will be running up to the wire, but all should be ready in time for our first open days with the NGS over the first weekend of August.