In May we had an enjoyable holiday in Cornwall, which I wrote about: here.
One of the gardens we visited, that left a lasting impression on us was the Moyclare Garden, near Liskard.
This is the introduction to the garden from their website.
“The garden at Moyclare was established in 1927, and hosts a fine variety of plants, shrubs and trees in one acre of sheltered flat ground around the house. Many are unusual and some are quite rare.
The garden was first planted by Moira Reid, and is now in the care of Elizabeth and Philip Henslowe.
It is open to visitors from the end of March or early April until near the end of August.”
The great cottage garden writer Margery Fish was a close friend with the exchange of many letters and plants. Many other notable garden visitors were to follow, again to quote from their website:
“Amongst the keen garden visitors was Beverly Nichols, another gardening writer, who gave a present of a Eucalyptus gunnii. John Betjeman wrote: ‘A perfect piece of England’ in the visitors book – much to the annoyance of Moira who considered it then to be an Irish garden! Charles Nelson from Dublin’s Botanical Gardens was another visitor, as was Topline Broadhurst who televised it often in the 1970s, and many others. The most recent was Helen Yemm, who writes for the “Daily Telegraph”.”
On entering the garden the first plant to catch my eye was Azalea Amoena, in full flower.
The garden is a series of mainly woodland walks between beautiful flowering shrubs…
…predominantly camellia, rhododendron and azaleas.
Growing along the edge of this path was this delightful Vinca difformis ‘Jenny Pym’
We gardeners know that our gardens are constantly changing, although not always planned.
Another unusual ground cover plant brightening up the garden understory was Stylophorum lasiocarpum.
Several arches have more recently been built around the garden providing support for many different climbers, clematis, roses, wisteria and in the case of this one…
…the Actinidia Kolomikta…
…commonly known as the variegated leafed hardy kiwi.
The young crozier shaped fronds in a huge clump of Osmunda regalis were asking to be photographed.
When we visited the South Lawn was dominated, both with its flowers and scent, by a huge Myrtle ‘Amomyrtus apiculata’,
The red flower to the right of it is the Rhododendron ‘Winsone’.
To the left in the border was a Enkianthus campanulatus, living up to its name with beautiful little bell shaped flowers.
The terrace facing the south lawn is home to many tender plants such as the Abutilon megapotanicum, which blooms freely, it has also produced a seedling or sport of a new taller Abutilon.
In pots on the terrace and planted around the garden was the late flowering tulip Angeliue, which Irene was very taken with. One for next years bulb order.
The current owners Elizabeth and Philip Henslowe made us very welcome, Elizabeth is justifiably very proud of the garden and the unusual plants it contains and she has an enviable depth of plant knowledge. Several new plants have been discovered within the garden over the years some of which have been propagated and sold by The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery.
Moyclare is a wonderful garden to explore, you literally find gems around every corner. The garden does have the ‘Wild garden’ look, a style of garden I much admire, very William Robinson, I thought, perhaps that is due to the Irish connection. If you should be visiting the area please check the website here for opening times. Tea and cake is available along with a chance to purchase some of the rarities (and not so rare) plants growing in the garden.
We have just returned from an enjoyable holiday in Cornwall.
Staying at Tregrill Farm Cottages, owned by Peter and Diane Bellamy, who previously lived near to us in Worcestershire.
My holiday reading (along with my blog list), I was attracted by the title, it perfectly describes my gardening philosophy.
We visited gardens (More of these in a later post), which of course led to some retail therapy.
On Gardener’s World on Friday night ‘Monty’ in his list of jobs for the weekend mentioned dead heading tulips.
Oh well back to it….although it will be a day off tomorrow visiting the Malvern Spring Show, which is right on our doorstep (More RT?)
Some summer flowers and a little sunshine to bring cheer to a winter’s day.
In August 2016 we visited Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire with the Black Pear Gardening Club.
Trentham is an award winning garden which has won numerous awards including BBC Countryfile’s Garden of the Year 2015.
There is a large Garden Centre and Shopping Village, restaurants and a 119 bedroom Premier Inn Hotel.
There is a separate entrance to the Monkey Forest, which our coach first took us to, here you can walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland setting for this endangered species.
For added excitement there is ‘Aerial Extreme’, a treetop high rope adventure course.
In 1786 the 2nd Earl Gower, owner of Trentham was created Marquess of Stafford.
He commissioned, Lancelot ’Capability’ Brown, between 1759 – 1780 to enlarge the lake, create parkland, a Ha-Ha and build two lodges at the end of the lake.
In 1803 the 2nd marquess of Stafford married Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland, one of the wealthiest heiresses in the country. Their son George Granville, 2nd Duke of Sutherland along with his architect Charles Barry were responsible for much of what you see today at Trentham. His statue sits on the top of high land at the southern end of the lake.
Barry created the famous Italian Gardens, dividing it into three terraces.
By the late 1800’s the pollution of the River Trent from the pottery industries was so severe the lake and the fountains were ruined.
In 1905 The Duke and Duchess of Sutherland abandoned the house. It was eventually sold and demolished for building materials.
The property has passed through several different owners with The Department of Environment listing several of the remaining buildings. Eventually, in1996, it came into the ownership of St Modwen Properties PLC.
Their plan was to create a tourist and leisure destination and to restore the estate and gardens. They were finally granted permission in 2003 to start on their £100m development of Trentham.
You enter the gardens through the shopping village via this bridge over the river Trent.
Titania points the way to her 14 fairy friends from the shopping village. Each fairy is different, they are placed all around the garden for children (and adults ) to find. They were created by Robin Wight.
At the centre of Trentham Gardens is the mile long, Capability Brown designed, Trentham Lake. Along some of the walks around the lake are new meadows by Nigel Dunnett and the team who were responsible for the wildflower plantings at the Olympic Park. These were planted to celebrate the centenary of Capability Brown.
The contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens was led by renowned designer and multi-Chelsea gold-medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith.
Along one side of the Italian garden is a 90 metre Rose Garden, planted with David Austin roses and a trellis walk.
To the east of the Italian Gardens are the Rivers of Grass and the adjacent Floral Labyrinth.
Both these schemes were designed by the Dutch plantsman, and Chelsea gold-medal winner, Piet Oudolf.
The fairy “Anahi” was living on the Giant Dandelions.
The Giant Dandelions were created by Robin Wight’s daughter Amy, and are situated alongside the lake.
“They look wonderful with the Wildflower Meadow as a backdrop.
‘Spring’ the naughty nymph, appears as though she’s pole-vaulting from a delicate dandelion into the landscape beyond.
There were even snowdrops in August!
If you are looking for a garden to visit in 2017, this is one I would highly recommend.
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