On Tuesday I was lucky to be able to have the time to visit
Great Dixter . It was the first time I had visited at this time of the
year as usually I go late to see the exotic garden at its best. I am also a big
fan of their plant fayre that happens at around this time....go!
I was surprised at how different the garden felt. All the
grass was actually a gorgeous meadow full of the most native orchids I had ever
seen! Ox eye daisy’s had also self seeded all over the place and helped bring a
great soft feel to the planting.
It was also very interesting to see the exotic garden at
such an early point of its development. This made me feel better about my own
garden as I was thinking that I was late with a lot of stuff and as such the
garden looked a little behind, but I realise now this is normal.
They seem to be keeping more and more things out in the exotic garden, and it is very interesting to see the backbone. By the end of the year the garden is so full that you can barely see the path!
I assume this is a giant Schleffera taiwanna which must have been in for ages
Overall Great Dixter is still my favourite garden....more swooning over plants
Some type of variegated brassica which was new to me
I still have a bit of an obsession with Giant Fennels and bought 'Ferula sp 'Cedric Morris'. I hadn't realised how they are summer dormant which is a relief as I thought the slugs were eating them!
Marsh orchids, one of three native orchids I saw there...surrounded by yellow rattle
Their nursery is also one of my favourites...I didn't think I wold buy anything but bought the Ferula, Cuphea cyanea (a perennial cigar plant) and Dahlia karma naomi and chocolate. now I just need to find them a place.....