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But these days in the Huntington are just sheer horticultural pleasure. The climate up in Pasadena is more moderate and the gardens feel and look more like a UK garden - there are lush green lawns, broad-leaved trees, roses and beds of flowers - dare I say it very British looking! So this got me thinking and I have to admit that I do miss many of the beautiful plants and gardens that I used to enjoy back in the UK. So this post is a sentimental, pictorial wallow in all that I miss whilst I am away from the UK. Enjoy my pictures of favorite plants and gardens back in the UK.
I particularly miss some of the lovely spring and early summer flowering plants. Whilst there are some plants that are seasonal here, many like bougainvillea look similar all the year round and of course with the warmth, there is not the same winter dormancy followed by spring. I miss the lush greenness of spring plants and fresh summer color.
And of course I regret not being able to go garden visiting. We do have an annual local gardens tour - just one day a year and so I miss all the many opportunities to visit gardens in the UK. Never underestimate the value of the National Gardens Scheme - its unique!
I've just been reading another blog about the Woburn garden show and seeing the pictures of a very wet muddy field and ardent gardeners shopping under umbrellas. I don't miss this weather, but the opportunities for plant fairs and specialist nurseries are very limited here. A few plant fairs and garden shows without the rain and the mud would be great!
And of course I miss my own gardens back in the UK. There is my own tiny little garden in Nottingham, being lovingly cared for by a friend. And of course there are the University grounds. Whilst it is now nearly nine years since I left and two changes of management, I still feel a territorial pride, knowing that I created many of the landscapes and planted trees that are no longer saplings. I shall regret not visiting University Park this summer.