Ulting Wick Gardens, Essex, April 2018
Last weekend I visited the Open Day at Ulting Wick, near Maldon, Essex, as part of the National Gardens Scheme, Some nine thousand tulips and other spring plants were in bloom in the warm sunshine. I do enjoy the sight of a traditional brick-built greenhouse, whatever the size.
The main focus of the trip was of course, the spring bulbs, beautifully offset against the black wooden barns.
This is one of the most unusual weather vanes I have come across, with the bee facing into the warm south-westerly breeze.
This yellow and green variety blended into the background…
…while the centrepiece of a pergola leading to a filled large copper pot dominated the central area.
I was told by one of the staff that there are is only one full-time gardener, in addition to the owner, for the eight acres. Apparently, as a rule of thumb, one gardener should be able to manage five acres.
This garden is well worth visiting and can be combined with a short walk to the riverside church of All Saints, Ulting.