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Down the Garden path


This is the entrance to my house called Chantreyland. One of the first trees we planted once the house was built is the GOLDEN YEW (Taxus baccata aurea) It is the first thing you see as you enter the gateway, It is on thje,left in this photo. It has made a massive block of foliage, very bright gold in the Spring and early Summer but a little tarnished at this time of year. I go down the other side first, This is just a hedge but made of LILAC, both white and mauve varieties. Inside it are the remains of a century old CHESTNUT PALING fence, which marks the boundary. further down the LILAC has changed to PRIVET. This is where the rootstock took over from the Lilac. I doubt if it is used now as propagation techniques have so improved. Just the other die of the hedge is a WHITE BEAM (Sorbus aria) which I gave to my Neighbour when he had tio cut down an 80ft. high CUPRESSUS MACROCARPA. The second very violent gale had already blown a SCOTS FIR onto our roof and a Very large LIME TREE (Tilia platyphyllos) smashed our Garage and outside toilet. It fell right across the seat. It also smashed a bench full of BONSAI , at that time most of mine were in ordinary plastic pots but that bench had the bulk of the ceramics. Such is life.
That’s enough for now. Will write more later.

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Your front garden looks wonderful. The storms sound horrific. Are you talking about the great storm of 87 (We were in Hampshire foor that one), or have you had more recent ones?

15 Sep, 2008


That is so beautiful! Thanks for the tour. Now I'm waiting for the next one!

15 Sep, 2008


Thanks Chrispook. No it was 2 years later, we had another storm with heavy rain and the big Lime tree came out with a gigantic soil ball. We got a new Garage and Loo combined to replace it ,One with Tiled roof Instead of Asbestos. It cost the Insurance plus quite a bit extra but it made up for the damage..

15 Sep, 2008


It's a lovely entrance to your property. You have so many interesting-looking plants along the path, I think if I visited you'd be fed up waiting for me to reach the house !

15 Sep, 2008


Thanks Hwyel. I think the other side of drive has the best bits and will blog it later.

16 Sep, 2008


You have a beautiful entrance to your property , such a wide range of shrubs ,trees etc.
Were you able to save the Bonsai ? I only have one it,s a set of three horsechestnuts which I picked up 30 yrs ago and grew as bonsai , I would be very sorry if something happened to it !

16 Sep, 2008


Thanks Amy. Most of the trees themselves were OK. I'm glad to hear of your Horse Chestnut Bonsai We do grow attached to them don't we. I like that Cat picture.

16 Sep, 2008


Nice that you've added the history of the various hedging and trees. It made the tour even more interesting. Good idea to put the plant names in CAPITALS ! Easy to spot !

16 Sep, 2008

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