May Magic

We are half way through May now and Summer should be just around the corner! I’m guessing that it probably doesn’t feel like that to most of us however, despite the rare appearance of a bright yellow UFO over the gardens here today! Even though we haven’t had perhaps as much sun and warmth as we might usually expect at this time of year, that doesn’t seem to have deterred most of the plants here at Chartwell from putting on a spectacular show. There is much to see and do in the gardens right now with plenty of colour in the form of flowers and foliage in every corner. I’ve been out with my camera again to try and give you a glimpse of what you can expect to see at Chartwell if you come and pay us a visit any time soon…

The Peonies are looking fantastic right now, such as this Peonia suffruticosa ‘Teni’ at the bottom of the Jacob’s Ladder steps…

…and this Peonia suffruticosa ‘Yachyio-Tsubaki’ in the Kitchen Garden.

Despite there being no roses in bloom yet, Lady Churchill’s Rose Garden still looks very pretty during May with our improved border displays.

There are some stunning Rhododendrons doing their thing at Chartwell during May such as these colourful dwarf varieties infront of the Golden Orfe Pond…

…and this amazingly floriferous Rhododendron loderi ‘Pink Julie’ which can be found on the steps leading up to the front of the house.

The wall shrubs and climbers are getting in on the act too, like this Wisteria sinensis and Clematis montana ‘Grandiflora’ on the side of the house.

Seek and ye shall find! Little gems like this Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ in the Kalmia Border…

…and this beautiful Geum ‘Flames Of Passion’ on the Top Terrace are well worth hunting out.

Also on the Top Terrace, this Spirea japonica ‘Goldflame’ is just starting to burst into vibrant life…

…while the Winter Border still has plenty to offer like this delicate x Heucherella ‘Dayglow Pink’.

There is still lots of blossom on the apple trees in the Chartwell Orchard…

…while even the flowers of the humble Horse Chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) are incredibly attractive if you take the time to check them out.

On the banks above the Croquet Lawn, these Hellebores and Azalea Rhododendron occidentale ‘Irene Foster’ shrubs make a wonderful display.

There are also lots of lovely wild flowers to enjoy around the Chartwell estate, such as these Red Campions (Silene dioica) with an interloping White Campion (S. latifolia) amongst them!

And you’ll probably smell these fantastic wild garlic plants before you see them along a shady path around the corner from the Pet Graves!

Hopefully these pictures will wet your appetite to come and pay us a visit soon to experience these plants as well as many, many more for yourselves! If you’re lucky you might even get to catch a glimpse of some of the emerging wildlife like this Angel Shades moth that stopped for a rest on the wall of our gardeners bothy this week!

Phlogophora meticulosa




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2 responses to “May Magic

  1. matthew

    I must say whoever planted the spring bedding in the rose garden must be a blooming genius!

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