What To See In October

Clematis Tangutic

Clematis Tangutic (Photo credit: Peter Cunnington)




CAFÉ COURTYARD In the tub to your right as you enter is a fine example of the purple-leafed New Zealand Flax ,Phormium tenax ‘Purpureum’, In contrast is the silver foliage of Senecio cineraria a valuable plant for coastal areas.

The North Garden

THE NORTH GARDEN. Water Lilies may be expected to produce a few flowers until the weather gets colder towards the end of the month. Look out for the first, pink flowers on Viburnum  x  bodnatense

STABLE YARD.  A tall, yellow sunflower, is a perennial species probably Helianthus decapetalatus.  Pyracantha with red-orange fruits and a pale yellow, as yet unnamed rose, may be seen against the back wall. The poisonous Monkshood, Aconitum, may still be carrying a few of its hooded, blue flowers

Walled Garden

Walk into the garden past the Visitor Centre, with its informative display boards, and turn left across the end of the glasshouse to see a fig, Ficus carrica, The fruit is remarkable in that it encloses the flowers which may only be pollinated by the small Fig Wasp. As this insect is absent in UK no viable seed is ever set but the fruits taste none the worse for that. Turn left along the low wall of the old  lean-to glasshouse for a fine display of Dahlias and Chrysanthemums.

(Photo credit: Peter Cunnington)Ficus carica--Fig in fruit

Vegetable Garden.  Summer vegetables are over now but we may look forward to crops in the Brassica range, Cabbages, Sprouts and Broccoli, to Leeks and, perhaps, a few late maturing salad crops, Lettuce and Radish

Flower garden.  Splashes of colour still greet those who move beyond the vegetables and close inspection will reveal a wealth of traditional herbaceous varieties especially Michaelmas Daisies., species of perennial Aster, together with tall Cosmos from tropical; America in white and  shades of pink

Leave the Garden by the Arched Gateway

Go over the drive and follow the path into the Sunken Garden to leave by the sandstone portico, between banks of Hydrangeas, which will retain their flowers well into the winter months ‘though colour will fade in time. Turn right towards the Manor with its walls covered in creeper now showing promise of autumn colour. Reds and gold are echoed in Euonymus hamiltonianaus behind the Behrend Annexe, whilst below the car park you may see the white flower trusses of Polygonum sachlinensis a less invasive relative of Japanese Knotweed