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 Gardens in 2005
 The Front Garden
 The Back Lawn
 The Long Pool
 The Orchard
 The Raised Border
 The Paved Garden
The Back Lawn
Immediately behind the house is the Back Lawn. This is an area of fine turf bounded to the east and west by borders, and separated from the next area, the Orchard, by the Long Pool. Two large trees etch their character on this part of the garden. On the western boundary stands a massive wild cherry; to the east, in the adjoining property, grows a large English oak. Not yet fully mature, this fine tree dominates the views out of the garden. These two well established woodland trees together with ivy clad boundary walls, the shadows cast by the house and the judicious positioning of large shrubs, lend this area the feel of a large, cool forest glade.

The lawn was established as a mixture of fine grasses – browntop bent (Agrostis tenuis) and the finer fescues (Festuca rubra commutata and littoralis). The area suffers from ‘panning’ (sub-surface compaction) and over the years the resultant restricted root zone has encouraged the encroachment of weed grasses, clovers and those broad-leaved turf weeds that thrive in compacted swards. On its eastern edge, the lawn is crossed by a path of large pre-cast concrete stepping stones running from the conservatory to the eastern end of the Long Pool.

On the western side, the Cherry Tree Border affords ideal conditions for moisture loving, shade tolerant, plants: Bergenia cordifolia in the early spring is followed by Pulmonaria Mawsons Variety then hardy geraniums in four varieties and Astrantia major in early summer.

High summer sees Lysimachia clethroides, Calamagrostis and lace-cap hydrangeas and as summer fades drifts of Anemone Honorine Joubert brighten the border.

As the cherry leaves begin to colour, a large clumps of the late flowering Aster lateriflorus Horizontalis and Liriope muscari add a last touch of summer to the autumnal scene. Even in winter, the border still has interest. Winter box (Sarcoccoca) scents the January air and in February Crocus tommasinianus and Lenten roses (Helleborus hybrida) herald the new growing season.

To the east, the Summer Border is crammed with a mix of scarlet Crocosmia, sky blue Aster frikartii and the darker blue of Agapanthus. Earlier in the year, well established clumps of the winter flowering Iris unguicularis send up their large, fragile flowers in the shelter at the foot of the boundary wall. This border also boasts a tall Camellia japonica and a newly planted, but already well established, Magnolia Heaven Scent. Other plants of note include the winter flowering Jasminum nudiflorum and Chimonanthes praecox (winter sweet), the spring flowering Viburnum x burkwoodii, the summer flowering passionflower and, for autumn colour, Cotinus Grace and Itea verginica.

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