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The 2013 Summer display on the Pink Terrace

The 2013 Summer display on the Pink Terrace

Regular readers of this blog may remember a post from a few months ago when the Bank Of England chose Chartwell as the venue for launching the news of a brand new Sir Winston Churchill £5 note. If not, you can refresh your memory by simply clicking right here. In that blog I talked about the Spring planting in the troughs and containers on our Pink Terrace that included the likes of Hyacinths, Bellis pom-pom daisies, Forget-me-nots, Wallflowers and the like. Well, it will come to no surprise to the green-fingered amongst you that these plants have had their day and have long since been replaced by a selection of Summer bedding beauties.

The pink theme is broken up by whites and purples

The pink theme is broken up by whites and purples

If you venture up on the Pink Terrace right now you will be greeted by a stunning selection of flowering plants such as Chartwell favourite Salvia horminum ‘Pink Sunday’, the absolutely gorgeously scented cherry pie Heliotrope and the cascading ornamental Helichrysum as well as container favourites like Pelargoniums, Argyranthemums and Lobellia. Some pictorial highlights of some of these can be seen below:

It is the colourful bracts rather than the flowers for which this Salvia horminum is grown

It is the colourful bracts rather than the flowers for which this Salvia horminum is grown

The bees love it too!

The bees love it too!

They also have a penchant for the Heliotropium aborescens which smells good enough to eat

They also have a penchant for the Heliotropium aborescens which smells good enough to eat

The helichrysum petiolare cascades over the edge of the troughs...

The foliage of the helichrysum petiolare cascades over the edge of the troughs…

...but also has some pretty flowers of its own

…but also has some pretty flowers of its own

This white Lobellia is beginning to spill out of its container

This white Lobellia is beginning to spill out of its container

While this Argyranthemum 'Mary Wootton' stands tall and proud

While this Argyranthemum ‘Mary Wootton’ stands tall and proud

Even the humble Pealrgonium 'Salmon Princess' is looking pretty fine

Even the humble Pelargonium ‘Salmon Princess’ is looking pretty fine

Now while we like to think that our displays in the Pink Terrace containers always look pretty darn fine, this summer they look even better due to the fact the containers themselves have all been replaced by brand new upgraded versions. The long rectangular troughs and the circular pots had all become very rotten and some even might have struggled to remain in one piece for very much longer! It was thanks to a very generous donation from the Beckenham And Bromley Centre, an association of National Trust members which was founded in 1975 to prosper the work of the National Trust, that we were able to replace them all. We were very grateful for their kind donation, without which we not have been able to present our plants in such a beautiful manner. More information on their association and their work can be found on the National Trust website here, and their own independent website here.

Tea and cake is served!

Tea and cake is served!

To say a proper thankyou to their members we invited them for morning tea at Chartwell last week and a chance to see how their donation had been put to good use. Unfortunately the weather was against us so the Pink Terrace could only be viewed from the dry comfort of Lady Churchill’s Sitting Room. Tea and cake was served however in one of the staff rooms that overlook the gardens and plenty of Chartwell staff were on hand to give thanks including our General Manager Zoe Colbeck and Gardens and Estate Manager Giles Palmer.

Formal Garden Supervisor Matthew Law gives a thankyou speach

Formal Garden Supervisor Matthew Law gives a thankyou speech

Our guests had to admire the Pink Terrace from indoors due to the rain!

Our guests had to admire the Pink Terrace from indoors due to the rain!

We hope the Beckenham And Bromley Centre enjoyed their visit to Chartwell and that you will also when you next get a chance to pop in to see Churchill’s house and gardens. Just make sure to get out on to the Pink Terrace whilst you’re here to enjoy the views over the gardens, estate and Kent Weald as well as the planted containers on proud display there too!

Jamie

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