In August a dozen members of the Gardens and Gardening Group visited the lovely garden in The Park, carved out of a post-war jungle-rubbish tip and now a lush, rich textured garden full of surprises.
The dark maroon, heart-shaped leaves of a Cercis canadensis contrast with the pale pink fuschia as they droop over the water feature. The ripening ‘James Grieve’ apples add a taste of autumn.
Marmalade Montbretia shines out from sky blue plumbago. Deep purple Aconite – or monk’s hood from the shape – stands out, but shouldn’t be touched without gloves and definitely not eaten as it can be toxic to some people.
Bright white phlox stands out against the dark vine leaves, studded with a vivid pink-red, four pointed clematis Lady Diana. A shrub for all seasons, Viburnum plicatum ‘Pink Beauty’,
now shows the pink that its white blossom ages into, and the profusion of red berries which will last the winter. The pink Japanese anemone in the foreground complements it, but needs monitoring and pulling out if it looks like taking over – its indestructible.
Once again our thanks to Bunty Schrager, the creator of this delightful space, for her hospitality and knowledge, kindly shared. We will return in spring for yet more delights!