May has been a spectacular month at Willowwood, and there is so much in bloom here now that a short report will hardly do it justice: you will simply have to come and see the gardens for yourself!
Later-flowering lilacs are still in bloom, and a stroll through the Lilac Collection will reward you with restful shades of pink, purple and blue, as well as drifts of scent. Now that summer temperatures seem to have arrived, continue through the Orchard and back down the Woodwalk for a shaded walk and cooling views of the brook. Rhododendrons are in bloom along the Woodwalk, as are herbaceous woodland plants like Solomon’s seal and candelabra primulas.
Pan’s Garden is also looking lovely at the moment, and can be reached easily from the Woodwalk. The white clematis ‘Guernsey Cream’ is in its element there now, and there are some lovely white irises and Jacob’s ladder in bloom as well.
In the Cottage Garden, the tapestry of perennials is getting taller practically by the minute and there is plenty in bloom, including irises and several varieties of clematis. Annuals of all stripes have also recently been planted out in the Cottage Garden, the Rosarie, and elsewhere; come have a look at them while they are small and watch them grow and fill out in the gardens over the course of the summer.
Willowwood and its adjacent sister property Bamboo Brook are open daily 8 am to dusk. No pets allowed.