Posted: 24/09/2017 at 11:10
On Friday, OH and I were invited for a private viewing of two nearby gardens belonging to garden club members. They’re a very genial lot and keen to offer and swap cuttings, divisions and seeds. I resisted asw e have no beds prepared yet because of the drought but, even so, I now have a golden form of pineapple sage and a cassia baby plus some seeds for an annual with beautiful blue flowers and white centres.
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The first garden is full of interesting plants and huge roses climbing up into trees as well as shrub forms. Much is new since she took it on 10 years ago but there are also plenty of old trees and shrubs and two rows of espaliered fruit needing some restorative pruning but still producing juicy, tasty fruits.
The second garden is a bit bigger and has a productive potager with intriguing hats of chicken wire to keep pigeons off the salads. He also builds and sculpts with wood and metal and wicker and has some ingenious planting tricks too. Check out the tree house but also the lovely hummocks of box and Japanese maple and the foliage shapes and colours.