What’s new in this year’s garden?

Whatever is going on in the world, work never stops in the Fursdon garden and we are very much looking forward to re-opening (fingers crossed) on Easter Monday. Here are just a few of the things to look forward to:
Katie has been busy pruning the roses and clematis and training some of the shrub roses onto beautiful natural plant supports, made from hazel coppiced from the Meadow Garden. Bending the stems in this way encourages masses more flowers to be produced, a brilliant technique made famous by the gardeners at Sissinghurst.
New plantings of spring bulbs including daffodils, tulips and alliums are pushing up in the beds around the garden at the moment, as well as in the planters. Meanwhile, the younger members of the Fursdon family have been lending a hand in the lifting and dividing of established snowdrops for new areas. We have also added many new perennial and annual plants to the borders throughout the garden with lots of new plant combinations to enjoy and inspire.

New rambling roses have been planted in the Meadow Garden, and we are experimenting with a small planting of Camassia “Leichtinli Alba” bulbs by the pond. These bulbs looked fantastic in the White Border last year, and if they are successful by the pond, we plan to plant more here in the Autumn.
We are also experimenting with planting native wildflowers as plug plants into the grassy areas of the Meadow Garden – including Meadow cranesbill and Devils-bit Scabious. If successful, more will be added, and these will hopefully start to self-sow.
We have fabulous plant combinations lined up for our spring and summer planters, which are starting to show signs of life now. We could tell you more about the wonderful array of tulips we have chosen this year, but don’t want to ruin the surprise… come and see for yourself when the Fursdon gardens opens again on Easter Monday.
We have removed the dying box hedge at the steps outside the library and planted in three of the climbing rose ‘Wollerton Old Hall’ in their place. This is a beautiful scented rose that we hope will also provide a less formal aspect to the library end of the house. 
We are looking forward to seeing the Fursdon garden in all its glory very soon!