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A five minute walk up a country lane suddenly opens onto a light, open and colourful modern garden which has been developed gradually since 1976 on the site of a former orchard – inheriting on one side a lovely red brick wall about 10 feet high – against which a neat lean-to greenhouse has been installed. In front of that, close to the modern bungalow, is a well-ordered kitchen garden with abundant fruit and vegetables and a herb wheel- all in prime condition in this hostile seas of heavy rainfall and dark skies. On the old wall is a well-trained fig alongside an apricot laden with blushing fruit.

Shelter is provided on all sides by tall trees and hedeing but the major part is open to the sky – giving good light to all areas.

The garden surrounds the modern bungalow and includes a dry shady border by the lane hedge, an open herbaceous bed which peaks in July, a raised lily pond, awn, rose arch, a small wild flower meadow with a wildlife pond and a frothy perennial border behind the bungalow with a predominance of pinks and blues.

Some interesting plants include Hymenocallis narcissiflora(Peruvian Daffodil) in full flower. A range of Digitalis, Romney coulteri, Staphylea colchica (Bladdernut), a small Hawaian Palm in a pot and campanulas of many sorts. The small flowered rose ‘Phyllis Bide’ and single dahlias ‘Honka’ and ‘Red Honka’ were popular with the group.

A garden of deliberate design, very neat and colourful.

Joan Chapman
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