Last Saturday the weather was absolutely wonderful, bright blue sky and lovely sunshine, so we made the most of it and went to The Garden House , Buckland Monachorum on Dartmoor, just 10 miles from Plymouth. The sun was surprisingly hot for the end of October, so coats weren’t needed nor umbrellas as there wasn’t a cloud in the sky! We usually try to get to see a garden which is known for its autumn tints and I knew this garden had an Acer glade, say no more!
We soon saw some tempting colours of Acers through the grove of Betula Ermanii, lovely trunks just waiting to be stroked.
We have so many ancient stone circles in this country which go back thousands of years, but this is a stone circle made out of concrete gate posts which are found on all farms round here!
While driving across Dartmoor to get to the garden, we noticed that the trees were all bare, they are high up and get all the wind coming from the south and west. The garden though is in a little valley so is protected.
The tree had been felled and left in place, but it looks like honey fungus to me, which isn’t good for the garden.
Like most large gardens, this garden is divided into different areas. Perennials outside the walled garden were looking as though a frost had got to them, they were black, but inside the walled garden, which must be protected from the worst of the weather, the perennials were still flowering away.
There are quite a lot of Rhododendrons and they were all covered with thousands of flower buds, they will look fantastic next spring.
The new Arboretum was opened by the Countess of Wessex to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The trees are only small at the moment, but I’m sure it will be a wonderful place to visit when they are a bit taller, with lots more leaves to change colour in the autumn.
This Acer was looking as though it was lit from within when we eventually got back to the car park after having a wonderful time exploring the garden.
We had a super time visiting The Garden House, it is a garden for all four seasons so I hope to be making more visits in the not too distant future!