The Peacock Garden
A beautiful Topiary Peacock garden, with these beautiful birds crafted out of Box and Yew. See how many you can count! In July our yew hedges are trimmed and the clippings taken to produce Taxoxophen, a powerful medicine in the treatment of cancer.
In 2004 we began to see signs of dieback and watched in dismay as more and more plants were affected. The Royal Horticultural Society confirmed that the cause was a fungus cylindrocladium buxicola for which there was no cure. All had to be burnt, the ground sterilised, scorched and rested. It is now planted with buxus sempervirens which has a bigger leaf and is less prone to infection.
Unfortunately the box blight seems to have returned despite replanting. We are planning on giving it the benefit of the doubt for one final year, with a good cut this summer, and if this fails then we will look into replacing the box with a variety of ilex (holly) in 2017/2018. In the meantime the beds have been planted with purple and white alliums and a new variety of anemone “dancing swan” which has purple and white flowers.