Walk in the Gardens 22nd January 2006
weather was cold and dampish though not actually raining yet there
were some surprising plants flowering. We walked up the main
drive and I noticed three different Fuchsias flowering on the Mound
at the side of Achamore House. Fuchsia magellanica (which seems
to flower most of the year here), the pale pink form F. m. alba
and Fuchsia Thalia with its orange flowers.
the north walled garden we found a flowering Lapageria rosea twining
through a conifer, and in the south walled garden Hypericum Rowallane.
More usual for this time of year in the south east corner of the
walled garden near to the exit to Hugh's border is a Camellia (possibly
few Camellias were beginning to flower on the south drive. Everywhere,
on both Rhododendrons and Camellias, were fat flower buds showing
the promise of a fine display to come.
snowdrops were out but didn't show up well on camera, probably due
to the dullness of the day. The daffodils were well up but not actually
flowering, though I have seen a couple out elsewhere on the island.
walked on down passed the pond onto the green drive where we found
Rhododendron Christmas Cheer in flower and in the Old Garden , Mahonia
with lovely bright yellow scented flowers.