Today I got a sunburn! The weather was very warm and perfect and everything was bursting with life. Yesterday I pruned old roses (very hard!) in the Old Garden and today I made woven arbors to support the sweet peas (not yet in the ground) and delphiniums. The gardens are open and all day long people are wandering past. It is a very different experience then I have ever had- there is a performance aspect to my work all of a sudden! There is a lot of energy and excitement right now and the visitors all seem very appreciative and impressed by the state of the garden. It does look perfect right now.
Above: View of the Orchard under planted with blue Scilla
The vine called Stauntonia hexaphylla is pictured here growing around the windows. This was one of my big jobs last week. I should have taken a before and after picture because this vine was very overgrown, reaching all the way to the second story windows and beyond. There was a lot of dead wound through it as well and the plant matter stuck out from the building by 3 feet or so and was covering the window openings. If you can imagine that, then you can see what a huge job it was to get it so tidy and civilized again!