Come to Seaton Ross in Sunny East Yorkshire!
If any of my posts have any credibility they bear the hand of Peter Williams who lives down in the village.
Peter and Julie Williams did not open their garden last year so now is your chance to see their garden again. If you have never been before you will be amazed and enchanted!
Peter tells me that the entrance ticket is £3 the same as his first opening five years ago. Please note his opening is on a SATURDAY - which is less usual for the Open Garden Scheme. The time is eleven until four.
Apart from Weathervane House being one of the best gardens in Yorkshire, Julie is renowned for her wonderful cakes.
I am used to extolling Brenda’s culinary virtues when my own garden is open. Peter tells me that at one of his recent lectures he was told how fantastic Brenda’s teas were. They were very sorry but they had no memory whatsoever of my garden! Julie has more competition - their garden is unforgettable!
Seaton Ross is one of very few places in the York region to have acid soil. Peter grows wonderful rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias and very much more. Just come and look at and feel his wonderful soil. I have hitherto regarded the soil that we share as a very fine sand. Peter is a soil scientist and insists it’s a coarse silt! I have recently conceded to his superior knowledge.
In my defence he had published last week this fine article about rhododendrons in the journal of the Hardy Plant Society - which I recommend that you join. At the end of the article is a quote from the map of East Yorkshire. It characterises our local soil as ‘very wet acid sand of low fertility’. His plants don’t agree
If you meet a talkative friendly diminutive Welshman as you walk round it will be Peter. Make yourself known. If anything pleases him more than talking about his garden it is explaining the science of how plants grow.
I am not sure how much of Peter’s five acres is open. Most of it will be and there is so much to see. Allow yourself plenty of time. Allow a little more time and walk round our lovely village. The village plot down the road will be blue with forget-me-nots!
2014 and 2015 pictures
|Peter grafted most of his trees|
|Fingers crossed the rhododendrons will be looking like this|
|Cornus florida is a beautiful shrub|
|Corylopsis sinensis will have gone over|
|Walk the grass paths and enjoy the ground cover that grows in the cool understory of fine shrubs|
|No doves in the dovecot.|
|Many bulbs are planted in drifts|
|Star wars will be over|
|It’s always distressing to a garden owner that his best plants are finished by Open Day. But what joy when something overlooked makes a fantastic display!|
|There are sure to be plenty of cut leaf maples in the plant sale. They are one of the garden’s signatures|
|All the plants in the plant sale are grown to the best professional quality but are considerably cheaper. The large polythene tunnel is very useful if it rains|
|Whoops, I showed Julie’s cakes last year. They will be just as good this time! Indeed they are so famous the NGS link shows them too!|
Advance information on another garden event
Seaton Ross gardens will be open on 7th of June. I will be giving it blatant publicity soon.