The Jetty Garden Again.

Every summer I write a post about the wonderful jetty garden belonging to our much loved Boaties; my son, Bertie and his partner, Beatrice. Their home is a converted Thames sugar lighter and they don’t let a simple thing like not having any soil get in the way of having a fabulous garden on their jetty. Each year we think it just can’t get any better and it does.

I’m still not sure what the magic trick is to grow hostas like these. This is just one plant of ‘Sum and Substance’.

Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’

And notice there is not a trace of slug damage, although no pellets are used , just daily vigilance and the slimy offenders are thrown into the river.

I’m not sure which variety this next one is but I love the dark purple flower stems.

And this is a novel way to hide an ugly plastic pot. Soleirolia or ‘Mind- You- Own- Business’ as it’s commonly known. The hosta was a seedling.

Tree ferns are another specialty. Here are a couple with Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ The willow on the right hand corner is Salix exigua.

Bertie was complaining that ‘Limelight’ doesn’t look as good as it should because he didn’t get round to pruning it. I just wish my Hydrangea paniculata looked like this.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’

And here is the willow. The tree on the left is an olive.

But back to the tree ferns, I have lost count how many there are.

Birds love the jetty and they have an amazing number of nests in the spring. Here is the nest of a long tailed tit in a tree fern. It is moss and feathers and it is all delicately woven together with spiders’ webs. It is cosily enclosed with a roof . The family all hatched out safely.

The jetty garden is a green oasis with just flashes of colour, it relies on shape and form. So there are lots of different ferns, grasses and hostas. To give height there are trees in pots but also bamboos. I love the way they decorate the jetty with found objects from when they go beach combing. This rope looks wonderful wrapped round the bamboo pot.

I grow the Japanese grass, Hachonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ in a pot too, but it certainly doesn’t look anything like this. We sat at socially distanced tables for lunch and a sign of the times, there was hand sanitiser on the table.

Hachonechloa macra ‘Aureola’

And here is the other table. Lunch was, as always, delicious.

A recent addition is Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’ which will need a jetty all to itself once those leaves start expanding.

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’

It seems a good day to write about the jetty garden as it is Bertie’s birthday today, so Happy Birthday my son, and lots of love to you and your lovely Beatrice.

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40 Responses to The Jetty Garden Again.

  1. Martha says:

    Many happy returns of the day to Bertie! The jetty garden is pure delight!

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  2. Relijen says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Necessity is the mother of invention. No land? Then, one becomes an expert at container gardening. 😀

  3. bcparkison says:

    Amazing. Just beautiful. where is this….I can’t remember .What do they do about cold weather ..or do they have any.

  4. I remember the last time you posted there garden. They did a really good job. I was also wondering about the cold weather.

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Like mother, like son! A fabulous garden, amazing that it is all in pots– a veritable jungle. HB to Bertie, it is my nephew’s birthday as well. How did he get to be 47??

    • Chloris says:

      My daughter is a very keen and talented gardener too. I know, one’s children keep getting older at an alarming rate, but it is nice having grown up children.

  6. Heyjude says:

    Wow! What an endorsement for container gardening. How do they manage to grow such beauties? What do they feed them on? I guess they live in a mild climate to keep those tree ferns healthy and I definitely have hosta envy 🤩

  7. Cathy says:

    AS wonderful as ever – or wonderfuller if that is possible! All those flower stems on the hostas as well – I am lucky if I have a couple on mine! That hachonechloa is glorius too. You must be so thrilled that he has inherited your horticultural knowledge and proud of what they have both achieved! have they started to get work coming in again yet?

  8. Kris P says:

    I’m in awe with what Bertie and Beatrice have accomplished with their garden on a boat. They’ve created a small paradise that looks like something that should be featured in a storybook. I’m glad you were able to manage a pre-birthday get-together and share your photos with us.

  9. bittster says:

    What an oasis they’ve created, it looks like such a nice spot to enjoy being in and taking in the fresh air. I love the tree ferns! Mine struggles along each year, maybe I’ll start to see a trunk if it makes it another ten!
    Happy birthday to Bertie, glad you could enjoy a lunch together.

  10. tonytomeo says:

    There is more variety in there than I would fit into a much bigger landscape.

  11. Anna says:

    Oh how fabulous Chloris – it gets better and better each report back from the Jetty Garden. Those hostas must be on steroids! What are they fed with? A happy birthday to Bertie.

  12. Bertie and Beatrice are very talented. It all looks wonderful. Surely they must have some secret recipe for plant feed?! Happy Birthday to you son.

  13. snowbird says:

    Happy birthday Bertie. Oh, how I love these visits, such a fabulous, unusual, amazing, stunning, captivating, ingenious place. Obviously I’m a fan, I would move in there in a heartbeat!xxx

  14. Cathy says:

    It really is fabulous there Chloris. Your son and his partner really do have green fingers. Many happy returns to him! And may their garden continue to flourish! 😃

  15. So beautiful. Hostas and ferns tend to make everything feel so lush.

  16. hb says:

    Fabulous! What marvelous Hostas, and that Hakone grass is perfection.

  17. Amazing, the Tree ferns are my favorite..the garden does feel incredibly lush.

  18. Bertie must have learned his love of plants while growing up. Those are truly some magnificent Hostas! I like the idea of throwing slugs and other pests overboard, I wonder if it would be possible to make them walk, or crawl, the plank. Nah, it would take too long. Too bad, though.

    • Chloris says:

      Bertie has loved plants since he was a small boy. He used to take flower photos when he was very young. Yes, slugs walking the plank would be very appropriate.

  19. Sally Wicks says:

    I remember your blog about your son and Beatrice’s garden from last year, it is a truly fabulous and memorable garden, thankyou for the update !

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