Garsington in bloom

Charlotte Rose, joint Head Gardener at Wormsley, gives a taste of the incredible work she and her team have done since last season to keep the Walled Garden and Opera Garden looking so stunning. 

Since last season the weather has been fairly kind to us with very little rainfall, although we did have some harsh frosts in late December and January, and some damaging frosts as late as the end of April. This spring we spent time repotting close to 100 pots that you see around the opera site. This as you can imagine was a task and a half in not only potting up but logistics as finding space in greenhouses in spring is like looking for hens teeth!
Our ongoing work in the cutting borders continued in Spring with the removal of tired and past their life expectancy shrubs, so we've had space to add new perennials and shrubs in the beds.
During May we planted out all our annual flowers:

  •     Ammi majus 'Graceland' and 'Visnaga'
  •     Nicotiana 
  •     Delphinium requienii
  •     Cosmos 'Sonata White'    

These are just a few on the list and we've had a great success rate this year although they did start slowly with second sowings caught up with the first. We also have new varieties of Dahlia and last season's planted out.
We've had three marquees on the croquet lawn since last season; a marvellous tipi for a 21st birthday party, a candlelit winter wedding, and a Caribbean rum shack for a birthday party. This has meant that we have had to do some major work on the grass and the grounds team have worked their magic to create perfect stripes in time for the opera.
The final major job of the spring was relaying the gravel paths and putting concrete supports for our new entertaining umbrellas in the centre of the garden along with new outdoor electrics. We are ready for Garsington guests and hopefully many parties in the garden this year.
Here's to a fabulous season and we look forward to seeing everyone at the gardens.