Montacute's glorious garden

Roses in East Court

The days are longer and brighter and it means the garden is really coming into its own, with the borders full of vibrant colours and sweet scents to enjoy.

One of the great delights is the rose border in the North Garden.  It became a rose border in about 1948 under the advice of Vita Sackville-West and all the roses planted today are old fashioned scented rose shrubs chosen from the list that she compiled.  As it was not long after World War Two, Vita was apparently was paid in petrol tokens.  In the East Court, the borders are overflowing with irises, alliums, candelabra primulas, and peonies. 

The gardening team will be seen out and about doing lots of turf maintenance, planting and pruning.  It’s the time of year for the Chelsea chop – a pruning method that is so called because it is usually carried out at the same time as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and which helps limits the size and control the flowering season of herbaceous plants.

Throughout the year lots of work is being done on restoring the scale of the Irish yews.  The team will be starting work on some of the yews on North Drive and will then move to work on the yews in North Garden.   They will be cut back hard bringing them back to an appropriate size, which means that they won’t be looking quite as attractive as usual for a while.