|First view of the garden from the new entrance|
|Can't recall the theme of this colourful little garden|
|Lovely contrast this cool rocky stream bed - theme is Western N America|
Its difficult to know where to start describing the garden. For UK gardeners it is probably more like a small Wisley than a formal botanic garden. I particularly enjoyed the Alma Van Dusen garden - very autumnal with sunflower seedheads, pampas and late asters. There was a good exotic border with all the usual lush and leafy stuff, plus a variegated pokeweed that I particularly liked. Sadly the 'autumn stroll' was closed due to construction works, although there were hints of autumn colour in various areas including some fine vibrant orange Rhus. The heather garden was very colourful (compare the sad offering at Compton Acres).
|I fell in love with the stark shapes of these seedheads|
|Had to include some pampas but couldn't find any palms!|
|Fiery autumn tints on a Euphorbia but what is it - anyone help me out? (Identified as E. villosa - thanks Chad)|
|Fraxinus americana - possibly 'Autumn Purple'|
|Hamamelis 'Ruby Glow'|
|Rhus typhina 'Laciniata' - one of my favourite autumn colour plants|
|The heather garden - Callunas finishing and Ericas budding up for winter|
|Asters and Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' - great combination|
|Love the way the light catches these spiky leaves - can't remember what they were|
|Great tawny tints on these grasses - rarely seen it the wetter UK autumn|
|Callicarpa giraldiana - yes the berries are real, not plastic and last through the winter|
|Sorbus hupehensis 'Pink Pagoda' - great colour and the birds generally leave it until they are really hungry!|
|Great contrast between the black Colocasia and the small leaved Lonicera 'Baggeson's Gold'|
|Colocasia - couldn't find a label but think its 'Mojito'|
|How can you not love these wonderful Cyclamen hederifolium 'Album'|
|Nerine bowdenii - great for a hot dry spot, here livening up some dying grasses|
|Sarracenia rubra - feeds on flies and small insects (Disagreement here - name comes from garden label but Chad identifies as S. leucophylla 'Red Form')|
|The Little Green Dress Project - some ephemeral art|
This garden is well worth a visit and I guess at most seasons - do allow a full day to explore and don't bother to pack sandwiches. There is an excellent cafe, called Truffles! The food and coffee is good, although the service a little slow and disorganised, so don't leave it till you are gasping as I did! More information on the VanDusen Gardens here.
You might wonder why Philip hasn't been mentioned in the last two blogs but on this occasion, he opted to do his own thing rather than join me garden visiting - no accounting for taste. He spent the day visiting the Apple store and in an Irish pub, drinking Guinness and eating battered French Fries - I'm sending him to get his cholesterol checked later this week!