Where The Wild Things Are

It’s been a hectic old time this summer in the walled gardens with it being the school holidays. All visitors use the area in their own ways and for their own ends. Some families just pass straight through on their way from the café to the playgrounds; others meet friends for coffee and cake – a great idea. However some linger longer, spending time looking at flowers and mini-beasts alike.

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The Victorian Walled Garden at Stewart Park

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Star of the Garden – August

I just noticed today that this plant, the Veronica spicata, was in full bloom.

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I didn’t know what to expect from this as I hadn’t come across it before – I got it as a free packet of seeds last year and millions came up. In the greenhouse they didn’t do well; they were straggly, covered in aphids, and honestly, lots went to the compost heap. But look at it now, it’s beautiful and also bee friendly – I counted sixteen on one plant. Just shows you, you never know…

Related posts: Star of the Garden – July Star of the Garden – JuneStar of the Garden – May

Star of the Garden – July

This month’s star of the garden is the lovely Delphinium known as the “Pacific Hybrid”. It looked so stunning that I just couldn’t resist capturing it.

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These young plants were sown last autumn, potted, overwintered in the greenhouse and were finally put in their position this spring. I didn’t expect them to flower so well. Warm weather and then lots of recent rain played their part I think.

Related posts: Star of the Garden – JuneStar of the Garden – MayStar of the Garden – March

Exploring Stewart Park

I feel so lucky every day that I get to do a job that I love. But to make things even better, I get to do it in this beautiful park. My office window looks out onto one of my favourite parts of Stewart Park, the Victorian Walled Garden. When my eyes wander from my screen I often enjoy people watching; couples will wander around and sit on the bench and families will explore the many different plants. I love to set off with the camera and take pictures of all of the wonderful features of the park, and make sure to share these on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The view from my office window

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