Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Tulips at Pashley Manor Gardens

Up until now we haven't grown tulips in this particular garden and I felt it was time to get it together and choose a variety to compliment our current spring planting plan. We made a long overdue visit to the renown Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens in East Sussex a couple of weeks ago to see the magnificent collection of Blom's tulips they had on display to help us make up our minds.

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Pashley Manor is a Grade I listed timber-framed building of two halves, the Tudor frontage built in 1550 and the rear Queen Anne extension built in 1720. Once owned by the Boleyn family, its said that Anne Boleyn stayed here during her childhood. The house itself isn't open to the public but with so much to see within the grounds, it more than earns its keep as wonderful historic backdrop.
 

The annual Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens is now in its 19th year. Over 25,000 bulbs are planted throughout the immaculately tended gardens, giving visitors an opportunity to see an enormous variety laid out en masse against 11 acres of romantic landscaping. The individual garden areas are punctuated with sculpture, forming part of a constantly changing exhibition featuring works by Kate Denton and Philip Jackson amongst many others.



 
Upon entering a large white marquee on the gardens periphery, I discovered that the lovely people at Blom's Bulbs had kindly laid out a selection of their cut tulips just for me, in order to place my spring bulb order! I spent such a long time inspecting each and every colour and still didn't know whether to go bold and brassy or keep it calm and simple.

 
Love this simple and pretty combination of tulips and pink forget me nots.


 
I ended up ordering just one variety of tulip bulbs to plant this Autumn and I have a sneaky suspicion that I'll be adding some more Bobby Dazzlers into the mix before the summers out!
 
Which tulips do you grow in your garden?
 
PASHLEY MANOR GARDENS
Ticehurst
Near Wadhurst
East Sussex
TN5 7HE