Yesterday we paid a visit to the boat for Bertie’s birthday and admired the garden which is looking even more green and verdant. Although there was no sign of the chaise longue you can just see at the bottom of the picture which we took last year. I think it just comes out for evenings along with the candelabra and standard lamp.
We made our way past a full sized model of a horse sticking its head out of the shed, and down the passage onto the the jetty.
There was no sign of the large pink flamingo which we had seen on a winter visit to the garden.
Beatrice is an artist and on nice days she uses the jetty for painting the large canvases that she and Bertie use for their work in the photo parlour.
The garden is an oasis and the effect is created mainly by the use of foliage- but what foliage! Everything is so incredibly healthy because Bertie pampers it all on a daily basis.
The hostas have no slug or snail damage because these pests are picked off daily and thrown into the river.
There are huge bamboos and grasses.
And how on earth does he get the Hakonechloa to look like this?
I think the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ looks wonderful with the grass.
The tree behind the Crocosmia is a Mimosa, Acacia pravissima which Bertie grew from seed.
There are fragrant sweet peas everywhere.
An Astilbe lurks in the shady part of the garden.
There are several Acers all which were bought when they were tiny.
The Acer above is growing with Cosmos. Regular readers of my blog will recognise the wrought iron seat. Its twin is in my garden.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ was new last year but it is looking quite mature. I love the driftwood under the bench.
The Agapanthus was also new last year. I have several young ones lined up to join it. The large-headed ones can be left outside here. The little tree to the right is Magnolia ‘Susan’
There is a sunflower competition going on amongst family and friends to see who can grow the tallest. It looks as if Bertie is going to win. And they are growing in pots. But still they are taller than mine, which are growing in well manured ground and fed with comfrey tea. Most of the hostas and bamboos here are grown from little bits that I gave Bertie and they are far more impressive than the original plants. Come on Bertie, what is your secret ? What are you feeding them on? We all need to know.
This garden is a magical place created by two very special people. It is quirky and fun and very beautiful. Everything is healthy because it is watered every day and fussed over and loved. And obviously fed on secret potions brewed at the dead of night.