3rd June 15

The last fling of Spring…

The last fling of Spring is now is evidence as we enter the rose garden under the canopy of the Laburnum arcade. Such covered walkways have been long been features of English gardens and  Laburnum was used as such back in the 16th Century. The great herbalist Gerard grew it in his Holborn garden and called it the ‘Peascod Tree’ as its seed pods are shaped like those of the Pea. It is of course in the Pea family and the wonderful fragrance of the flowers may be likened to Sweet Peas. The wood of the tree is very flexible hence the arcade and was used to make bows and musical instruments in times gone by. The flowers should last a week or so and are the perfect harbinger to the first Roses of summer in the Rose garden .

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