Normally we stay at home when it’s a Bank Holiday, as the roads can get so busy down here in Devon at holiday time and driving isn’t a pleasure any more. However, today we found that a garden was open for the National Garden Scheme and it wasn’t too far away, so off we went. Round the north side of Dartmoor, we followed the yellow signs and soon found the garden called Andrew’s Corner.
In the side garden was the first of a few garden buildings, with my friend Aktinidia kolomicta in the corner. This must be how it grows when not clipped round a window!
We soon came upon a bug hotel, tucked into a corner. I would think that little bugs etc. would be nice and cosy in here.
I felt very much at home in this garden with its sculptures and familiar plants. This young lady is kneeling in a sea of Claytonia, which I have in the woodland.
This little person found some bluebells to dance round.
There were lots of rhododendrons and azaleas. Also there were lots of acers, so the garden would be worth visiting in the autumn for autumn tints. The garden is open in the autumn with the proceeds going to Little Bridge House, the hospice for children in the SW of England.
There were quite a few Meconopsis scattered round the different beds, they were all so beautiful, but we thought that they would have made a better impact if they had all been together. Even so, they have more than I do, this year only one of mine survived the winter and that one is nowhere near flowering yet.
The garden was very sheltered with lots of very tall trees acting as shelter belts round the garden. Being on the northern edge of Dartmoor they must have very strong winds especially in the winter and without the shelter of the trees, the shrubs would suffer dreadfully.
There were lots of bluebells and Meconopsis Cambria everywhere, it all seemed so familiar.
Very relaxed planting.
The vegetable garden is at the bottom of the slope and just over the fence is Dartmoor which can be very bleak and wet at certain times of the year, but when the weather is behaving itself, it is a wonderful place to be.
This was a massive tree, I wonder what I could have carved out of it?! It would have been nice to carve something in situ, before the final cut was made, it would then have had Dartmoor as a backdrop.
Thank goodness there were lots of seats dotted round the garden, my muscles were protesting at the uneven ground so I was very grateful for a sit down.
There were also quite a few Magnolia trees, this one is wilsonii, the flowers are rather beautiful don’t you think?
The flowers sparkled in the sunny glades, but all the time we were wandering round, there was the most beautiful perfume from the deciduous azaleas.
I spotted this lovely little shrub and thought the foliage was fascinating. I showed my photo to Andrew who identified it for me. It is a dwarf shrub and this one was only about 3 ft high, I’m sure I could squeeze one in somewhere!
I also showed Andrew this photo as the leaves looked like ivy, but red ivy?! They were suckers from one of the large Maple trees, the suckers, when I looked, were coming up everywhere, I think I’ll pass on this one.
There were quite a few alpine troughs near the house, this one for Rhodohypoxis,
and this one with a collection of mixed alpines.
We enjoyed a lovely cup of tea before we left, and also the most scrumptious piece of Lemon Drizzle Cake, a garden visit wouldn’t be the same without refreshments!
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and I hope we will remember to go back in the autumn to see the autumn tints, which must be fantastic as they have so many beautiful acers.