The glorious gardens here at Chawton House Library are bursting into bloom just in time for Chawton Open Gardens this weekend! Our Head Gardener Alan Bird has written a blog about the delicious scents and beautiful sights you can experience here at the Library this June, and how he has his work cut out protecting the plants from the fluffy cotton-tails hoping to munch their way through them:
Stunning roses are bursting into bloom all over the Chawton House Library gardens and one of the first to unfold its petals was Rosa ‘Mistress Quickly’ on the library terrace. The Jane Austen Bi-Centenary Rose Garden will be in full bloom this weekend for Chawton Open Gardens and the sight and the scent, trapped in by the old stone walls is one of my annual delights.
Here at Chawton we have a large population of rabbits on the estate and indeed in the garden. Whilst I love to see their twitching noses watching from the hedgerows, any gardener will know how frustrating it can be as they munch their way through your plants. There is a solution, however: I have planted our upper terrace borders with rabbit resistant plants, plants such as Libertia, redhot pokers, Euphorbias, Geraniums and Heuchera have scented leaves or noxious sap which keep the fluffy pests away!
We hope you can join us this weekend for the Open Gardens – like many other glorious gardens in the village, we will be open from 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. For those of you following the Scarecrow Trail, look out for a very famous bunny who has snuck into my kitchen garden to eat the vegetables this weekend – he better not let me catch him or there will be pie for supper!