The Deanery Garden has many facets, wide lawns with trees, borders with exotics among the roses and more usual plants, ferns and damp-loving plants, vegetable and herb gardens, an orchard and a paved area with pots.
It was a great privilege to be part of this memorable visit so thank you to all those who made it possible.
On this occasion I saw some black rose hips. Black rose hips? I have never seen them before! As usual now, Google came to the rescue and I think it must have been Rosa spinosissima (syn R. pimpinellifolia), which is descibed as having purple-black fruits. I think I have seen this plant at Sissinghurst but in flower not fruit.
Another plant caught my eye and I had to squeeze between two minibuses to see it. Again I had no idea what it was but, on this occasion, another member helped me out with an identification, Dodonaea. The hopbush, Dodonaea viscosa, is a highly variable evergreen shrub widespread across the southern hemisphere. One cultivated variety develops purple leaves when grown in direct light and I think this is the one I saw, D. viscosa ‘Purpurea’. It is available here and, although not reliably hardy, I’ll be keeping an eye out for it.
A potted Pinus patula was remarked on by several members. I have a very similar specimen but mine doesn’t look so good. I took note and with a bit of judicious pruning, a new pot and some TLC I plan to get mine up to scratch.
See all the photos in the gallery below.