What To See In July

Escallonia "Apple Blossom"

Escallonia 'Apple Blossom' (Photo credit: Peter Cunnington)

The North Garden

July sees the first blooming of water lilies in the pond whilst in the beds under the wall are the creamy plumes of Goat’s Beard, Aruncus dioicus, at the other end of the same bed are the red, tubular flowers of the South African, Phygelius aequalis and by the steps down to the Manor is the American Escallonia ‘Apple Blossom.’

Stable Yard

Red Valerian and the white Shasta Daisy, Leucanthemum x superbum, are showing colour many varieties of the latter were raised at the now defunct Taudevin’s Wirral Nursery.

Walled Garden

Pass into the garden past tubs of red, white and blue annuals and beds of brightly coloured flowers planted for those with a visual handicap.

Vegetable Garden – Broad Beans are setting as are the yellow podded, Victorian pea. Lettuce is maturing, peas and beans are climbing and a few rows of brassicas have been transplanted from the seedbeds into their final positions under protective netting. Courgettes are already in flower; note that some flowers are male whilst the females bear immature fruits below the flowers. Nasturtiums add a touch of colour to salads and to the garden’s central pathway.

Fruit Garden – Wimbledon fortnight could not be recognised without the strawberries which have been enjoyed by hard-working volunteers.

Flower garden – There is colour now from Lupins and Geraniums especially, but also from blue Centaurea montana and many other herbaceous perennials. Sweet Peas need regular picking to encourage new flowers to develop in succession.


Escallonia above the croquet lawn (Photo credit: Peter Cunnington)

Leave the Garden by the Arched Gateway

Go over the drive and through to where, under the Copper Beech, planted to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo, the Sunken Garden is being restored by volunteers. Go through the lattice-work gate on your right past white-flowered Hydrangeas, descend the steps and turn right.

By the Orangery you will see another Escallonia ‘Apple Blossom and tall spikes of Bears’ Breeches, Acanthus mollis, the plant that Greeks, or was it Romans, used as inspiration for their decorative architecture?

An old red-flowered Escallonia is in full flower at the opposite end of the terrace, above the Croquet Lawn. This is possibly the old hybrid E. ‘C.F.Beale’. All Escallonia make excellent subjects for seaside planting as they are able to withstand salt-laden winds.

Against the wall of Berhend House, the brick building under the trees, is a magnificent rambling rose. It is most probably Rosa filipes a native of western China and the variety is likely to be R.f. ‘Kifstgate’.