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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Sledmere House, walled garden August 11th 2015.

Plein air oil on board 12x 10 inches,
Continuing our visits to try and capture views of the walled garden at Sledmere we came across this. Though the gardens are wonderful at the moment they are still being developed. Yew hedging needs to grow more for example. In this view I have omitted some young trees which are supported by large stakes. They are planted along the main bed seen here from front to rear. Beech hedging in the foreground also needs to grow a lot more though one can see the leaves of the young plants giving us an idea of how it will all look. It was lovely to see JH, an artist from Beverley, and to have a chat as she took photographs possibly for working up at her studio later. A framework to support wisteria, or clematis can be seen on the left, again this will be a visual delight as it develops.
Post script.
Later, on another visit we spoke to a gardener who was tying in the wisteria. He mentioned that they had all been busy and that the garden seen here was only created in March this year. This explains the "newness" of the arrangement yet it is still amazing to think it was only created earlier this year. In fact the garden next to it was only 3 years old. Here, one of the main features this year was the flowering of lots of specimen tulips planted either side of a very young copper beech hedge. I am sorry I missed seeing this. However, hopefully next season we will be visiting much earlier, can hardly wait.

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