An exceptional specimen this, spicily fragrant and with larger flowers than the common-or-garden variety – there is one Ordinary specimen next to the Stachyurus pictured above that is going over now, while this one, in a shadier spot in the centre of the Bowles Corner garden, is much fresher altogether.
The largest of these Fuji Cherries I’ve come across, or noticed at least, before. Actually there are two plants here side by side, but think on when you find a diminutive little specimen in the nursery for mighty and beautiful it will be!
From here, skipping past the Alpine House about which I have already written, we find ourselves at the bottom of Battleston Hill – the map gives you an idea of the swirling pattern of paths here, though not of the changes in height, with miniature peaks and valleys even within the overall hillside topography.
Uncle Toms Rose Tonic and a bottle of SB Plant Invigorator later….
Well I don’t think I’ve missed anything out from my visit – having already looked at the Magnolias and Alpine House – though great swathes of the gardens were missed (on account of the crowds taking part in the Easter Bunny Hunt). This does leave me with much to explore after the Easter School Holidays are over when, midweek, I might have more of the landscape to myself.
As it was, Battleston Hill was very quiet and this was where the magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, cherry and corylopsis, hellebores and woodland bulbs were all to be found!