A walk in the gardens November 2006
November has been a particularly wet and windy month. I set out
to walk in the gardens and take photos on one of the slightly better
days. The sun was shining when I set out but before long it had
dulled down and by the time I left it was beginning to rain again.
This was the morning after a fierce gale and I found the garden
staff dealing with some storm damage.
This is our new head gardener indicating x Cupressocyparis leylandii
that had split near the bottom and was about to be felled before
it did damage to anything else.
I started taking photos on a regular basis in November last year.
The gardens seem much duller and more sodden this year. Not surprising
considering the amount of rain we have had. There is not a lot flowering
this month. Lapageria rosea is in bloom again. I mentioned it in
my very first walk in January. Nerines and Schizostylus are still
blooming and Clianthus puniceus is beginning to flower.
Many of the berries that I saw last month have gone. The Sorbus
hupehensis is completely devoid of berries. This could be due to
birds (very likely) or possibly they may have been blown off by
the wind. The fruits of Euonymus hamiltonianus are still putting
on a good show. The Viburnum bodnantense that was just beginning
to flower last month is a washed out mess this month.
In the walled garden one of the greenhouses has been completely
emptied in preparation for cleaning and becoming a growing on area
for the propagation unit. Is this a question of the new broom sweeping
As the photo shows it really does need a good clean. A few
plants had been placed in it temporally just before I took my photograph.
There are many different trees in the gardens, both deciduous and
evergreen. Many of the trunks have lichen, moss and fungi growing
on them like this Elm.
Near the bottom of the garden are trees with golden heart ivy growing
Progress is being made on the renovations. Near the entrance some
Rhododendron ponticum has been cut back to reveal possibly a Polar
Bear (Rhododendron!) and to make way for new planting. Overgrown
Griselinia and Leylandia are also getting the chop!