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The Garden in Late Spring

May 22, 2012

Since we last visited the garden we have had some extraordinary weather: the latter part of March was unseasonable warm and dry, but April was almost unrelentingly wet and chilly. You can even see the evidence of the sudden sharp showers we have experienced in this photograph: there are raindrops on the lens,as they were very hard to avoid!

The photographs were taken in between a succession of heavy, thundery showers of rain and hail. If we look around the garden we can see that the great beech hedge has yet to come into leaf,

but that some narcissi

and the Lenten Roses -hellebores- (Helleborus orientalis) are still in flower.

However, other spring flowers are now joining them in bloom. Clumps of grape hyacinth  (Muscari)

and two types of bluebells can be seen in the borders,

as well as the very distinctive Snakes Head Fritillaries, (Fritillaria meleagris)

and the ethereal froth of white flowers of the prunus, (Prunus gladulosa)

There are even clumps of the Pasque flower, (Pulsatilla vulgaris)

in the border near the Learning Centre, and in the Dye Plant Beds

Finally, in the small border beneath the Gothic Window of the Drawing Room, wallflowers (Cheiranthus cheiri) which are traditionally grown near house walls in order that their rich fragrance can be enjoyed from an open window, are now in bloom.

Our next visit to the garden at the Museum will be in a few weeks time, and we do hope you will be able to join us.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2012 1:18 pm

    Dear Julie,

    what a lovely flower, the Snakes Head Fritillaries! I don´t know it.

    I’ll write a little note in my Jane blog using this image to send people here, to enjoy the Jane Austen jardin!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      May 22, 2012 1:47 pm

      Thanks Raquel! It is a fabulous flower, isn’t it? The chequerboard pattern on the petals is fabulous.

  2. May 22, 2012 1:45 pm

    Dear Julie! This post is really fantastic! I wish I could be there!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      May 22, 2012 1:48 pm

      Thanks Adriana! It would be lovely if you could see the garden in spring/summer.

  3. Lily permalink
    May 22, 2012 6:21 pm

    Lovely & versatile 🙂 It’s nice to compare photos from 2 posts this spring. Thank you.

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      May 22, 2012 6:39 pm

      Thanks, Lily. We will be posting lots more about the garden over the season,so do come back to see!

      • Lily permalink
        May 24, 2012 3:57 pm

        Oh, and drops on the lens actually give it a bit of a magical appearance… you know… :}

      • jfwakefield permalink*
        May 24, 2012 4:28 pm

        That’s very kind of you….I kept that picture in to show just how challenging the weather had been! All changed now, by the way….hot and dry!

  4. Luciane permalink
    May 22, 2012 9:43 pm

    Dear Julie,

    How lovely is this garden! I have the opportunity to see it during the winter and enjoyed a lot, but now with these flowers it is really beautiful!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      May 23, 2012 8:12 am

      It really does change during the seasons. How lovely that you were able to visit in the winter! Thanks for commenting, Luciane.

  5. cathyallen permalink
    May 22, 2012 11:23 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you, Julie, for the pictures, and thanks to those who care for the garden, and to the Master Gardener!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      May 23, 2012 8:12 am

      I’ll pass your comments on to Celia, our gardener. She is very talented, isn’t she?

  6. Magda permalink
    May 26, 2012 1:53 pm

    Just perfect! This grape hyacinth is beautiful ! Thank you. Congratulations to your gardener Celia!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      May 26, 2012 2:37 pm

      Thank you, Magda. I’ll pass your kind comments on to Celia, she will be delighted!

  7. May 30, 2012 2:32 pm

    Marvellous, love the rainy touches, the fabulous spring flowers, and the seasonal signs that seem to be unusual all over the world now! Loved it, I feel like I have had a wander there, beautiful!

  8. Aline permalink
    June 8, 2012 6:43 pm

    Thank you for the amazing photos! I’m from Brazil and I love Jane Austen and her books but I’ve never been in England… until now! You made me feel as I was there! I hope I can visit England as well as Bath and all those fabulous places as soon as possible!


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