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I'm quite sure I have a well-established reputation for pouncing on any plant which has a 'For Sale' notice above it, so nobody can have been surprised when I behaved like a starved piranha when the porch through which we entered these gardens proved to contain nicely displayed trays of grafted acers, accurately labelled, and highly affordable!
Adjacent to these was a pretty conservatory, newly renovated, with a delightful display of scented-leaf pelargoniums and tender fuchsias.

The gardens, which have been owned by the Banks family for 110 years, are extensive, so there was a lot to see, with mature trees, many of them rarities, and a large collection of rhododendrons and azaleas which we were sadly just too late to see in full flower. They obviously thrive in the acid soil.
The energetic walkers amongst us disappeared for some time into Park Wood, but I pottered happily among the walkways up-slope from the house, explored the pool area and then overheard rumours of a not-to-be-missed kitchen garden.
Thankfully I still had time to appreciate both the well-ordered vegetable beds, fruit trees and herbaceous perennials in full bloom, as well as a perfume-filled rose garden, all of which were approached across an expanse of grass through a latched gate.
    The lovely home-made vegetable soup we were served for lunch was what my mother  called a 'rib-sticker' and was just right for our appetite at this stage of the day. I NEVER eat rhubarb, but the crumble which followed the soup might just have altered my attitude.
    Mary pointed out that there was a beautiful mature Fagus sylvatica growing where a group photograph could be taken and this was done as we were getting ready to leave.

You won't find me in it. I was much too busy stashing my precious acers safely in the boot of the coach!
Gillie Moloney.
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