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Highdown Gardens ... almost a year on.

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At the end of May last year, we spent a couple of hours doing that very slow walk gardeners seem to adopt when they’re looking at planting in public gardens! We are lucky to live close to Highdown Gardens, near Worthing in West Sussex and often enjoy these gardens throught the year. It’s been interesting to see them in early March and we thought you may like to take another stroll with us.

For more information on the very beginning of these gardens, you’ll need to view the earlier blog of May 2010 as this explains the very uncompromising surrounds of a Sussex Chalk Pit. Ok, if you’ve done that, let’s continue …..

During the years 1939-1945 parts of the downs were being cultivated with arable crops, after 1945 the area was planted with shrubs & trees mostly with fine berries such as Viburnum, Euonymous, Cotoneaster & Sorbus. The Himalayan Birch Bark Cherries originally planted in 1938 to give interest during the winter months with their decorative peeling bark.

This tree was the first of many beautiful specimens we saw within the gardens

The Hellebore banks are stunning at this time of year

Walking downhill to the chalk pit area, we passed by some Paeonies coming through in the sunshine!

The cave pond and surrounding area, built in 1910, is wonderful for plants who like a damp, shady area, not so good for humans walking on the damp steps, far too close to the water for my liking! OH suggested we went a bit closer to the cave for a pic, not a chance, so this is my best effort

Back down the slope to the Bamboo pond, created in 1910, with the chalk wall behind the planting

These are some of the treasures we passed by on our way to the rose garden

Now this really caught my eye, not a clue what it was, so I posted a question and, thanks to Andrewr, Spritz & Seaburngirl I now know that it’s a Hermodactylus tuberosus, which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue!

Fabulous flower, but it was hard to spot at first.

These seed-heads would appear to be from Phlomis russeliana, another plant I’ve never heard of!

We came across this large Carpinus turczaninowii, or Korean Hornbeam, and was surprised to see it had been planted by royalty

A few more pics on our way through

Here is one of the rose beds today

and this is how it should look by the end of May, just like last year!

Heading back to the entrance/exit now and passing the propagating area

Hope you enjoyed seeing the signs of Spring awakening, you deserve a cuppa now for reading through this rather long blog!

See you back there in the Summer.

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Nice blog Shirley, interesting gardens, lucky you to live near. Photos are good as well.

11 Mar, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Excellent an informative blog. thanks for taking the time to put it together.

11 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks, Cinders, when we arrived, the car park was very busy. Many people walk their dogs across the South Downs, starting from near these gardens. We only saw another five people while we were there. Lovely and peaceful. : o ) ... Brian, I'm so pleased that these gardens were left to Worthing Borough Council by Lady Stern all those years ago as it's a lovely place to visit. : o )

11 Mar, 2011

 

That was a lovely walk Shirley, thank you, I love that 'Hermo......' thingy plant, such a beauty at this time of year!!

11 Mar, 2011

 

What a lovely place to live near to, i really enjoyed the blog and the lovely photos

11 Mar, 2011

 

what a lovely walk, your photos are lovely Shirley, hope you enjoyed your day,

11 Mar, 2011

 

Very nice place,Shirley..and a lovely blog...I liked the last blog about these gardens too..again ! Lol.

11 Mar, 2011

 

lovely place to visit shirley.... love all the pics...

11 Mar, 2011

 

It's so nice to see your photos and to realize it's now getting warmer to go visiting some gardens/stately homes etc.

Thanks for sharing this lovely garden with us, Shirley.

11 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks for sharing this lovely walk, so many lovely plants to admire. I like the before and after pictures of the Rose Garden, you cant imagine that they will put on so much growth in such a short space of time;0)))

11 Mar, 2011

 

Gm, isn't that Hermodactylus plant just beautiful? It obviously likes the shade, judging by where it was growing. : o ) .... Glad you enjoyed it, Clarice & Yorkshire o )) .... Bloomer, what can I say other than keep up! .... lol!! Thanks, Holly, we were lucky in having the sun shining on our visit there on Wednesday. : o ))

11 Mar, 2011

 

Nice blog with lots of lovely pics :o)))

11 Mar, 2011

 

Doing my best,bossy boots ! :o))

11 Mar, 2011

 

Lovely to have such an interesting place to visit near your home - and very good of you to take the trouble to take photos and share them with us. So thanks, Shirley!

11 Mar, 2011

 

Thank you the guided tour around Highdown Gardens Shirley, it was really enjoyable. You are so lucky living nearby and being able to see the gardens in the different seasons. :o)

11 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks for reading this blog, ladies (and Brian!) and pleased you enjoyed the leisurely stroll around.

11 Mar, 2011

 

It's nice to see the spring arive :) I'm glad you were able to visit these gardens and show us the photos. It's an interesting place to see.

12 Mar, 2011

 

It's incredible to think it's all planted in chalky soil!

12 Mar, 2011

 

enjoyed the tour shirley and the lovely pictures, bet its lovely in summer to :o)

12 Mar, 2011

 

I'll take you back there in the Summer, San, even if it's only on here ... lol!

13 Mar, 2011

 

lol thanx shirley :o)

14 Mar, 2011

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