Each time we visit the plot my first task is to pick over the peas and when we arrive back home my first job is to shell them. It's been a good year for peas. Maybe the fact that we haven't had a prolonged run of hot days has suited them. Pea growing hasn't been all plain sailing though. One batch of seeds germinated patchily and only in small patches at that. I resowed the bare patches but they didn't germinate either. I suspect some small creature found them and made a meal of them. The earliest sown peas had to battle through weevil damage when cooler than average weather meant the plants grew very slowly. The plants that I am harvesting from at the moment have the beginning of mildew so I hope they survive until all the pods are picked.
Like last year we used up the remaining pea seeds in a late sowing. Last year this wasn't a success but as all gardeners know no two years are the same and this year we may be lucky. If not we have lost nothing and produced some green manure.
We have been meaning to visit Scampston Hall Gardens for a while and on Friday actually made it and what's more the weather was kind to us.
There is plenty to see at Scampston. We started our tour with a wander around the walled gardens.
Within the walls of the garden are various garden rooms enclosed by a series of clipped yew hedges.
Perennial meadow and conservatory
The central area is the Perennial Meadow which is dominated by the newly renovated conservatory and a central fountain.
The beds are planted with butterflies and bees in mind and although the perennial season is drawing to a close there was still plenty to see. A feature of the walled garden is that plants are either individually labelled or a planting plan is posted nearby.
The conservatory houses a display of pelargoniums and also various exhibitions including a replica head gardener's office where all the artefacts are numbered and listed.
Can you guess what this is?
other garden rooms include a cut flower and a vegetable garden.
Cut Flower Garden
After lunch in the restaurant we explore the hall gardens and parkland trails.
I am just including a short sample of the photos that we took here.
Rock garden and hall
The grounds were designed by Lancelot Capability Brown - who else would it be?
Lake from Palladian bridge
A Palladian bridge overlooks the main lake and there are plenty of majestic, mature trees to enjoy
Upper part of lake with cascade
The less formal end of the lake is complete with a cascade.
Of course there was a plant sale and you wouldn't expect us to come away empty handed would you.
We bought a red helenium for the red and yellow border. The rain on the flowers is an additional feature added yesterday when the weather prevented a planned plot visit. The plants for sale had a descriptive label similar to those used in the garden.
As usual we took lots of photos and video.
I have set up a couple of photo albums containing some photos that we took here.
Last week we dug the rest of our six trial variety potatoes. We planted five tubers each of Orla, Vivaldi, Valor, Setanta, Amour and Blue Belle which we bought at a local garden centre's potato day. Orla and Vivaldi, being early varieties, had already been lifted.