Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 08:30

In a letter dated 2 March 1852, Mrs Gaskell wrote, “The old red camellia has seven flowers all out on it. Meta’s that AA gave her, has two-varigated single.”  (Meta was Mrs Gaskell’s daughter. I don’t know who AA was.)

The two camellias in the present garden were in flower at the end of March when I took photos of them. They are still in flower now. The name of the variety is Comtessa Lavinia Maggi.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 10:00

The Tulip

Gardens do not run to a time-table. You cannot be certain that a particular flower will be at its best on the day you choose. The plant chooses. So I am a little apprehensive as I write about the tulips in the garden. By the time you read this, some of the tulips may have passed their best. Others may not yet be in flower. The photos will have to bear witness to the fact that the tulip written about were worth seeing or would be worth seeing.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 09:45

Miss Matty's Favourite Flower 

It’s National Gardening Week between 10 - 17 April and so we thought we’d introduce people to the garden that surrounds Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and to the plants that are in the garden and flowering this week.