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Each lake has a different atmosphere and planting …. Tranquil, from the specimen trees and shrubs reflected in the water; Vibrant from the hot, South African summer garden, and a sense of the Mysterious, from the third, ghostly, quarry lake with its creeper clad cliffs, fernery and surrounding bamboos.
The first lake is in view when you walk out of the walled garden past the thatched tea-room, and sits at the top of the small valley. The lake has its own island and breathes tranquility and peace, with trees, shrubs and sky reflected in its waters.
The planting around the first lake is minimal - rhododendrons, irises, Pontedera Cordata, pampas grass and a variety of spring daffodils. The reason for the simple planting is to preserve the peaceful open setting.
In early summer the Magnolia JC Williams is in full flower, the hellebores are still in bloom in the valley, as is Magnolia David Clulow. The Narcissus "Ice Follies" undercapeting the silver birch wood are also in full flower. By the lake, the beautiful Prunus Shirotae amazes.