Penelope S Hellyer - Author -
Gardening and nature are my two most favourite things.
Writing about them is my third, be it prose or poetry.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
This is a childhood memory of the garden at Orchards; the daffodils not yet in flower were late flowering 'pheasant eye' narcissus. The large cherry on the left an early casualty to honey fungus which became rampant in the garden. In the immediate foreground heathers which Gay planted for low maintenance!
These were removed in the late 1970s and in the early 1990s Philip built two gravel terraces with wide steps to the lawn and more borders for a grey garden, later a grassery. On the lower terrace a long wooden bench was placed against a bank of early rhododendrons, with a view across a shady border down the vista.