Ashridge is blossoming at the moment, I keep forgetting we’re now in June – it feels like summer is really here! I loved seeing the Laburnum Arch come into flower, when the sun shone down it looked like chains of gold were dangling down.
The Archway is under-planted with alliums, the purple contrasted beautifully with the vivid yellow.
I love the structure of them, with their perfect tennis-ball sized heads. I’d have a field of them if I could!
The laburnum tree in the Dry Garden was equally as impressive as the Arch when it was flowering. When I stood underneath it all I could hear was a steady hum – the bees loved it as much as I did!
Spot the bee!
The Rosary is beginning to look and smell sensational, it’s one of my favourite places to sit in the evenings and just absorb the wonderful aroma.
Some favourite roses
The Monks’ Garden has a fabulous selection of roses too, there is a walkway which goes straight past a border full of them. For me roses have to be the scent of summer!
The Monks’ Garden
Irises are adorning the Fairhaven garden, as well as the Flower Garden. I’m a fan of the really dark, lustrous purple ones, especially when mixed in with the lighter coloured variety.
The delphiniums in the Flower Garden look lovely against the irises, with shades of deep to light blue.
The Fernery is blazing with colour too, the geraniums are in full flower as are the Bird of Paradise plants (Strelitzia reginae) and of course the tree dahlia. It opened its second bud at the start of the week, it’s the star of the show!
Bird of Paradise
The Tree Dahlia’s second flower!
Even though the flowering plants are stealing the show at the moment there are several trees which are looking just as wonderful.
Copper beech tree (Fagus sylvatica purpurea)
Viburnum plicatum (I know it’s not a tree but it still looks pretty!)
Ferns with an Acer tree in the background
My favourites at Ashridge are the deciduous conifer Metasequoia glyptostroboides, also know as the dawn redwood, and the famous maidenhair tree Ginkgo biloba.
Metasequoia glyptostroboides next to the Chapel
Ginkgo biloba leaves
There’s so much to marvel at, I’m lucky I can do just that every day whilst working. Roll on Monday! 😉