We have been watching and waiting for the wild orchids to flower – and these bee orchids are as stunning as we hoped and the spotted orchids have definitely multiplied since we started a wild-flower mowing regime on the bank. The self-seeded foxgloves are also beautiful, with a whole array of them in the corner of the walled kitchen garden, and the poppies are coming. The specimen plants are also very showy at the moment, such as the Voodoo Lily and the Crambe cordifolia in the formal flower beds in the Italian Garden, and the Ixia peeping out of the Love-in-the-mist in the cut flower bed in the walled kitchen garden. And we still have flowers on the trees too – the Indian Horse Chestnut is looking magnificent and the Robinia, false acacia, with its beautiful pink flowers is one of my favourites.
As the Gardens were looking so lovely and we had our first harvests of veg, it was a real pleasure to welcome lots of visitors this week, including the Cambridgeshire Garden Trust and the Much Hadham WI.