North: blue area
To the right of the pergola is a group of R. moyesii 'Geranium' and some Crocosmia including 'Lucifer', 'Severn Sunrise' and 'Culzean Pink'.
The larger hen run is to your right as you come through the pergola where are kept our laying hens, (White leg bars), and a small flock of the endangered breed of Scots Dumpies.
Against the fence is a Magnolia 'Leonard Messel' and another selection of Astrantia including 'Shaggy' AGM. Inside the larger area are several conifers; Pinus sylvestris bonna, P. sylvestris waterii, a Douglas fir, (Psuedotsuga menziesii) and another purple-coned fir, Abies veitchii, which had cones for the first time in 2007.
Turning to your left along the border are more Viburnum, including another sargentiana, x burkwoodii, trilobum and a V. tinus to the right of carlesii. This section also has an Abies fraseriiand another shrubby Lonicera, L. chaetocarpa .
The border continues with a third purple-coned fir, Abies delavayii, and then a block of Mecanopsis which includes 'Jimmy Bayne', 'Slieve Donard', 'Ascreavie' and 'Willy Duncan'.
Beyond the poppies is the deepest part of this border at the back of which is a second Wellingtonia but this one is the glaucus form which is also more fastiagate than the type.
The rowans in this area are, to the left of the stepping stones, S.'Pink Pearl' with S. oligodonta(?) to the right and a pair of S. discolor.
There is then a block of Sorbaria, planted as a wind-break, and a group of three Rosa moyseii before the border turns to follow the western boundary.
At the back of the border are groups of variegated privet and box with purple elders, 'Black Beauty' and 'Black Lace' farther up.
Between the R. moyseii and the Oak are one of the groups of Cardiocrinum giganteum. We believe we have examples of all of the Cardiocrinum in cultivation. As well as C. giganteum, there are groups of C. giganteum yunnanense, C. cordatum, C. cordatum glehniiand C. cathayanum.
This area also contains two Japenese acers, an A. acontifolium and a Moon Maple, (A. shirasawanum aureum) and another group of deciduous Azeleas; Rh. luteumand the orange flowered 'Baltic Amber'.
There is then a group of three birches grown for their bark colour which are just begining to display the pink bark for which they are named, Betula sinensis septentrionalis 'China Ruby'.
Behind this there is a trio of unknown pines and an Arolla pine, (Pinus cembra), with P. wallichiana a little higher up.
In this area there are further groups of Cardiocrinum giganteum.
At the top of this area is a Euonymous hamiltonianus 'Koi Boy' which has white and pink fruit, Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star' and another Phytocarpus 'Diabolo'.
The rose against the Oak is R. fillipes 'Kifsgate' which we have been trying to get to climb trees without any success.
The next area is the remains of a brush pile which was left undisturbed for wild life but has now rotted down to a stage where it can be planted. At the moment it contains the divided leaf form of the common elder, Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland's Gold' and another birch, B. albosinensis septentrionalis.
At the upper side of this area are clumps of bamboo grown from seed at the edge of the first Rhododendron bed.
This bed has, from left to right, Rh. 'Arctic Tern', then Rh. yakushimanum x pachysanthum, Rh. pachysanthum itself, Rh. bureavii and finally the named variety of Rh. yakushimanum x pachysanthum, 'Viking Silver'. These all have white/pink flowers and will be no more than about 3' in final height and width.
The ground cover on the bed is Euonymous fortuneii kewensis, a trefoil and Viola stojanowii(?) with a clump of Vancouveria crysantha.
The second Rhododendron bed was constructed and planted in November, 2005. The plants are, from left to right, Rh. 'Humming Bird', Rh. 'Dora Amateis' with a smaller one at the rear together with a small Lingonberry, (Vaccinium vitis-idaea). At the front there is another Magnolia 'Royal Star', Rh. 'Mrs A.T. De la Mare', then there is 'Teddy Bear' with 'Blue-Calyptus' and 'Gartendirektor Riger' behind it. The bed continues with Rh. roxieanum cucullatum, 'Gartendirektor Glocker', 'Molly Ann', a second Magnolia 'Leonard Messel', Rh. aff. lanatum 'Muncaster', with 'Glendoick Vanilla' behind it with 'Glomer Waterer' behind them. There is also a young Acer cappadocicum sinensis which was badly chewed in the summer of 2007.
The ground cover on this bed has, at the left front, several clumps of Vancouvaria crysantha, one of V. hexandraand a small plant of Epimedium grandiflora nana. There is also a cutting of the smallest rowan of all; Sorbus poteriifolia.
In the centre of the bed is a spreading Gunnera magellanicaand at the right, Euonymus fortuneii 'Harlequin' and the smaller E. fortuneii 'Silverstone', more E. fortuneii kewensis with another S. poteriifolia cutting behind them and a S. reducta.
The pergola between this bed and the seats has Lonicera japonica aureo-reticulata and Parthenocisus quinquefolia climbing up the left side and Actinidia pilosulaon the right.
The trees planted in the grass in this area are, going clockwise from the first pergola, S. munda, S. wilsoniana, a golden leaved, red oak, (Quercus rubra aureum 'Bolte's Gold'), Pices pungens hoopsii, a young oak, an unknown rowan, S. psuedofenica, S. pseudohupehensis, S. coxii, S. filipes, S. psuedovilmorinii Guizhou 119 and S. sambucifolia which leads up to a group of older rowans.
This group includes S. eburnea, S. parva, S. himaliaca, S. randiensis'Wang Shiang', a second S. wilsoniana, S. sp. C 5086A and S. commixta.
Down passed the seats are S. psuedovilmorinii ACE 1943, S. CNW 403, another S. pseudohupehensis?, S. psuedovilmorinii ACE 1945, a third pseudohupehensis? and S. rubrescens.