Weekend Wandering: Get thee to Lacock
|View from Lacock Abbey grounds towards Bowden Hill|
In the Botanic Garden, Head Gardener Sue Carter writes:
"Our carpets of Cornus vernus have spread from a few corms planted by William Henry Fox Talbot*. We leave them to seed, so they are still colonising new areas, making the display bigger each spring. It means we can't cut the grass in our crocus meadows until late June or even early July, so there are a couple of months of scruffy grass, but we think it is worth it for one or two glorious days in March."
I quite agree.
|The display extends well beyond that gap|
My favourite Cornus vernus cultivar is 'Pickwick'. There's an area called Pickwick in nearby Corsham, which is where we made our first home when we moved to Wiltshire. I spotted a fainter version of Pickwick's familiar stripeyness amongst the natural variation on display at Lacock.
Note to self: I must buy some C. 'Pickwick' when the bulb catalogues come out this summer.