very special plants

November 1, 2010

Special Plants is in a special place! And how, those great tables of box, yew and beech flow magnificently down the garden and echo the structure in the landscape beyond.  

The last remaining dahlias pump out their strong tones in a final flourish. Powerful stuff!

The pretty tree is Malus transitoria with tiny pinkish yellow fruits. Trees with berries became the subject of discussion on the unease amongst the Health and Safety fraternity to allow fruiting trees in school areas in case pupils stuff berries up their noses!

The line of Miscanthus make an interesting fluffy interface between orchard and paddock – it must be wet down there. 

The beech circle has two round openings at eye level – to the north and to the south. To the north, tall Molinia caerulea wave around in front of the barn. The barn is stuffed with logs. Crushed brick is used as a surface on the paths – very effective. 


The raised ‘new gravel garden’ with a sculpture by David Mayne – excellent with the autumn coat of the sedum.

A log wall down by the pond and the most magnificent chestnut ever.

Another year gone, leaving everywhere
its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves,

the uneaten fruits crumbling damply
in the shadows, unmattering back

from the particular island
of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere

except underfoot, moldering
in that black subterranean castle

of unobservable mysteries – – -roots and sealed seeds
and the wanderings of water. This

I try to remember when time’s measure
painfully chafes, for instance when autumn

flares out at the last, boisterous and like us longing
to stay – – – how everything lives, shifting

from one bright vision to another, forever
in these momentary pastures.

 Fall Song – Mary Oliver

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