Many, many years ago, I visited a garden in the next village, along with lots of other members of the organisation Plant Heritage or NCCPG as it was known then. (The National Council of the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, thank goodness they changed their name!).
I remember that we had a wonderful time there and we were very impressed with the beautiful garden and the keen elderly gardener, she was probably as old as I am now!
We now have to scroll forward about 20 yrs when I went to a coffee morning in the home of one of the members of the village Women’s Institute. As soon as I saw the garden, I knew I had been before and I asked if they had bought the house from an old lady who was a keen gardener. Yes, I was right, I had been before, I wasn’t imagining it.
A couple of weeks ago it was time for another coffee morning, we all went prepared for a very wet morning, with our macs and boots, but the sun shone and the garden looked really beautiful. This blue azalea was the favourite with most of the visitors.
I found an Acer griseum growing between the azaleas.
There were hundreds, if not thousands of English bluebells fronting most of the beds.
I spied a beautiful tree peony.
There were so many wonderful rhododendrons, I think this one might be Sappho. I know a lot of people aren’t fussy on rhododendrons,…….
……..but I think that even they would have been impressed by the wonderful selection that are in this garden.
Lovely streamside planting, their Lysichiton leaves are huge compared to mine!
Everywhere we turned there were more beautiful Azaleas to admire, it was all so colourful.
Maybe I need this one for my Sunset Border, what a fantastic colour!
On turning a corner, we suddenly caught sight of a wonderful Wisteria on the back of the house, it was a magnificent specimen.
The Wisteria on the house is a layer from this standard one by the steps.
The garden was almost like a National Trust garden, obviously laid out by a very keen gardener, with lots of unusual trees and shrubs.
The perfume from Rhododendron luteum filled the garden, it was intoxicating!
One of two ponds in the garden. Our stroll round the garden was finished, it was then time to go inside for our coffee and chat about all the wonderful shrubs and plants that we had seen.
I don’t think the old lady would have anything to worry about, her garden is in safe hands. Liz said that they have learnt a lot from their garden and visitors over the years have been able to identify lots of the special shrubs and trees for them. The garden is beautiful and it’s a credit to Liz and her husband, that they realised what a gem they had inherited and that they were determined should continue into the future. The coffee was good too and I’ll look forward to the next coffee morning!