The Ravine Garden is taking shape with the freshly planted Primulas, including Primula bulleyana (above) flowering along the water's edge. Primula viallii (pictured top) is a very striking plant, especially when seen grown in groups, with upright pokers of red-tipped lilac-pink flowers in early and mid-summer. Primulas are also flowering along the Trout Stream, Arboretum Walk and in front of the Wellington Waterfall.

Our wild flower meadows are starting to go to seed but look out for cow parlsey, ox-eye daises and campanula flowering.

Elsewhere roses are blooming within the Rose Garden, peonies continue to provide stunning colour and scent in the Maze and Kitchen Gardens, and mounds of Geraniums are flourishing, especially in the Rock Garden.

Within our glasshouses grapes and peaches are ripening and new for this year, the Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus) has started flowering in the pond in the Tropical Zone of the Display House. In the kitchen garden all areas are filling up and harvesting of various vegetables and salads has begun with fruit ripening quickly.

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