A few more discoveries ...
Inheriting a new garden is a bit like a lucky dip, you never know what is going to appear. The Rectory garden is full of interesting plants - some are less so, especially the masses of ivy - but I think that those that have survived the onslaught of slugs and snails over the years: geraniums, roses, anemones, some large irises, alliums and - earlier in the year - the tulips, have all done really well. We have been adding things, and creating vegetable areas, and an enlarged soft fruit bed, but a must for us are sweet peas; some grown from seed, others bought as small plants. They are doing well, and most can be seen - at least the top of them - as you come up the steps onto Church Hill from the main door of St Mary’s.
Sweet peas are one of my favourite flowers, and one that I have grown everywhere we have lived. They have the advantage that, as annuals, you can have a disastrous year and they don’t do very well, but then there is always the next time, and so one learns and becomes philosophical as well.
Roses are a different matter. We have planted two new bushes, given to us by a very kind friend at the Cathedral on our departure for Dorset. One is called “The Lark Ascending”and it has been blooming beautifully for three weeks now, the other is an old variety called “Celestial”- I think that I was sold both of these by their names - and it looks as though it is not going to flower this year at all. It is healthy and we must be patient. in 2019 it will be amazing….. I have no doubt!