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Head Gardener's Demesne

12 June 2009 11:22:35
Liquidambar Worplesdon

Liquidambar Worplesdon

Yesterday morning I was delighted to pay a visit to Head Gardener's domain. Bill had kindly invited myself and Cooper for the grand tour.

We had a lovely morning, strolling leisurely around the garden and hearing about all the plants and trees. Bill's knowledge of Latin plant names is quite astounding and, despite Linda's several attempts to trip him up, Bill did not fail to disappointing, magicking up the required Latin name to our joint amazement.

The backbone of Bill's garden is his trees - sturdy, healthy looking specimens. The vegetable area, complete with Monty Don style fruit cage, is already producing strawberries and his kids' triple raised beds are in immaculate condition. In the greenhouse, I was disgruntled to note how Bill's Agapanthus-from-seed was far more advanced than mine. Tomatoes were looking fine and bushy too. 

We had a good mooch around Bill's shade garden, marvelling over his tree ferns and discovering various unknown perennials. But the highlight for me was the large planted area around Head Gardener's Deck. Although not yet mature, the advantage of looking up at these plants, gives the illusion of maturity. And the sun, hitting the back drop of Stipa Gigantica must be lovely when enjoying the seating area.

So, after two short hours had lapsed, it was time to head home and back to work. 

But as the majority of the gardening day was already gone, I just did some planting, notable planting up the Liquidambar tree, in the picture, which is to remember my mother.

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LindaB LindaB 12 June 2009 12:33:36

Hi Rachel, yes the tour of Bill's garden was great, I can't believe what he has done in little over a year. The trees are just stunning and mature and I am mad jealous. Everything is emaculate and I agree the perennial area around the deck was so well planted - I now have to put Stipa Gigantica and Drimys Aromatic on my shopping list (amongst many other things), thanks Bill! Great to see you again Rachel - planted my cornflower last night, thanks for goodies.

Ternie Ternie 12 June 2009 17:47:00

Sounds delightful! Did you see any rabbits? :)

Rachel Rachel 12 June 2009 18:32:41

No, but we did see a rabbit hole. My kids would have been delighted it they'd been there.

shelser shelser 12 June 2009 18:33:20

Sounds like you were smitten Rachel.

Rachel Rachel 12 June 2009 19:28:10

At least I wasn't bitten - by one of those pesky bunnies : )

HeadGardener HeadGardener 13 June 2009 07:14:20

Thanks Rachel and Linda although 'Demense' might be a little dramatic Rachel!! Ternie you have to be up early to catch the rabbits but I will take a picture and put it up just for you!


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