It was a lovely morning so we decided to take a drive to Calke Abbey to see the Auricula Theatre. I wasn’t disappointed, in fact a very nice guide, Tony Wood, took us behind the scenes of the the estate. We were taken into the new greenhouse that has been built to house the auricula during the winter months. In here there are the auricula and lots of canna and dahlia waiting in the wings.
All the auricula were in alphabetical order. The plants in the theatre don’t have labels for aesthetic reasons.
The blue of the shelves is ‘Calke Abbey Blue’. Fragments of it can be found on the walls in one or two of the gardeners bothys.
Another passion the Pelargonium.
Old brick walls covered in wisteria.
Barrels of comfrey tea. Ideal as a feed or sprayed on the foliage.
A really good pale Akebia Quinata.
Cowslips in the grounds around Calke.
I hope you are inspired to go and have a look at the auricula, but be quick as the warm weather is bringing them on faster than normal. But for me Calke grounds and garden are never a disappointment. Rain or shine.