Emerging from a vine covered tunnel we enter the Glasshouse Garden where the large central pot is planted up with imaginative schemes annually as are the surrounding pots so that by summer’s end the pots become invisible beneath a fountain of fabulous foliage and bounteous blossom. In winter they are home to topiarised box shapes. Taking an easterly path beneath an arch of the rose Rosa ‘Maigold’ we enter the middle part of this garden. At its centre there is a circular raised pond with a wide ledge that serves as a perching place with four low pillars each topped with a pot planted for exotic summer impact. Surrounding this are four areas of raised lawn. Here is the entrance to our office which originally was our potting shed.


In the final section of this garden is a large glasshouse which houses our ever widening collection of old-fashioned Pelargonium’s, amongst other plants including an imposing specimen of the tree dahlia, Dahlia imperialis from Mexico which flowers at Christmas.

 


Reached through the Millenium Gates this is an area of some twelve acres that has been planted with formal avenues of the Italian alder, Alnus cordata. These are cut as tall hedges and the various areas they enclose are gradually filling with trees and shrubs, including one area that is a young Pinetum. The whole area is enclosed with shelter belts of the Monterey Pine, Pinus radiata, crutial as our garden is an oasis in an open area of vast arable fields that resemble the prairies of North America. Each year we add to the collection of trees and shrubs here, our aim being to include some of the rarest and most interesting varieties we can find, this is a slow process as many of these are grown from seed.


In addition, here is a ‘new’ orchard planted with East Anglian fruit trees, mainly Apples but some Pears too. Originally intended to contain only Norfolk varieties there were insufficient numbers of these so we included trees from the whole of East Anglia. Behind the orchard is a grove of Eucalyptus from the Southern hemisphere. Many of these are not considered hardy in this country but, in shelter such as this they survive. Beneath these is a national collection of Colchicums.



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