Following on from my last post, after a quick snack at the Blue Vinney pub near to the Sculpture by the Lakes, we crossed to the north of Dorset to visit the garden, Chiffchaffs. We had visited this garden a long time ago, but as it has a woodland with shrubs flowering now, it seemed the perfect opportunity. Around the house is a lovely cottage garden which was started in 1978 by Mr. and Mrs. K. Potts . This garden is an affiliated garden to the RHS, members get in free. There was a coach load of people enjoying the flowers while we were there, but the garden was large enough to absorb us all.
This lovely abutilon was causing some comment amongst the people from the coach, some thought is was a mock orange blossom, others said it didn’t have any perfume, they were quite loud in their discussion, what do you do in these situations? Do you tell them and admit that you have been eavesdropping, or walk away, I’ve done both in my time & still don’t know what is best.
I found this really beautiful planting round the shady side of the house, having so much shade myself, I’m automatically drawn to it. Fabulous hostas.
The continuation of the shady bed, lovely cottage planting before walking up the slope to the woodland
The bluebells were still flowering just inside the entrance to the wood. When the Potts arrived here in 1978, the present woodland was an alder copse with lots of underground springs making everywhere very soggy.
Lots of Camellias were still flowering.
There were quite a number of Pieris still looking good.
There were lots of zig-zagging paths, each one gave you a view of colour. The Rhododendrons and Azaleas were so huge, I mustn’t let mine get this big otherwise we wouldn’t be able to walk in our little wood.
I thought this white rhododendron was absolutely stunning, so perfect.
The perfume from Rhododendron luteum, in the centre, was amazing, it reached me before I saw it and lingered long after we had passed it.
Gunnera telling us that we had reached a boggy bit. These fantastic umbrellas weren’t needed that day, it was hot and sunny all day!
More rhodos, everywhere we turned.
There were also lots of Magnolias still in flower, such beautiful blooms.
Another boggy area, this was almost at the bottom of the slope under the woodland, so all the water must collect here.
On our way back to the car we were directed to some new streamside planting with a waterfall and at the very bottom, I spied some blue, my favourite meconopsis!
What a lovely plant to end on, they are such a fantastic blue aren’t they! Time now to wend our way home before going out again in the evening for a lovely meal. What a fantastic day I had, one that I will remember for ever!