Orchard

A long straight path centred on Metasequoia glyptostroboides, on either side borders  of mixed planting that mature from midsummer on. Here you will find a variety of herbaceous perennials, grasses and fruit trees. Many of the plants are chosen because they work in the sticky ground with a high water table – here we are on the edge of the marsh.
 

Claire Takacs

Claire Takacs

I planted this as an orchard, thick with daffodils at the far end. Not a fruit grower by inclination but I had a desire to sit under Spring blossom with scented flowering bulbs. Later, much later I winched out various unsatisfactory cherry trees  and a Walnut called Rita that hated it here and then outlined the borders. I also made a firepit………that filled up with water! It is now a grassy ‘rug’ of Carex. This area does give us a bit of grass to loll around on very infrequently. Planting of the borders started with a mix of herbaceous and an understorey of annual meadow plants (poppy, cornflower, bishops flower, nigella and barley grass), but I let the garden teach me. The annuals, Echinaceas  and others simply hated the ill drained conditions. But meadowsweet, thalictrum, ligularia, hosta, kniphofia and others loved it – so I have been constantly adjusting and playing with the planting. Indeed I think of this Orchard as a playground.

Bennet Smith

Selinum wallichianum, Angelica gigas, Crocosmia, Bennet Smith


Bennet Smith umbel, Angelica gigas & crocosmia

Bennet Smith


Bennet Smith Angelica gigas and crocosmia

Angelica gigas and crocosmia, Bennet Smith


Bennet Smith teasels

Teasels, Bennet Smith


Charles Hawes Orchard view into bog garden

Orchard view into bog garden, Charles Hawes


Orchard

Orchard


 

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