The Philadelphus patch near Laburnam walk is said to have been planted by the Countess of Warwick and today was given tlc, so that it can provide a better show of flowers in June next year than they managed this year. The plants’ dead wood was removed so that this year’s growth can flourish and blossom and of course give a burst of fragrance for visitors passing that way.

It was a gray day, but the Gardens were looking serene. The Italian Garden is still colourful; and the Glade is a lush green after all the rains and the coppiced hazels have been released from their restrictive baskets. The lavender was a scene of much activity – bumble bees mostly, but also hummingbird hawk moths.