Sunday, 25 September 2011

Back to the Bishops Garden!

I've already said that the Bishop's Garden is one of my fave gardens in Norwich (and not just because I often get a custard cream doughnut and a cup of tea from Simon when I visit).

Me standing next to Tetrapanax papyrifer, a gorgeous hardy tropical
that can get absolutely enormous. Watch out though, it tends to sucker.

Euphorbia x pasteurii 'Phrampton Phatty'An unusual hybrid Euphorbia with an awesome name.

Indigofera howellii

Lonicera hildebrandiana, or "Giant Burmese honeysuckle"
Not hardy but dramatic climber with dark green leaves and gorgeously scented yellow flowers.

250 year old pear tree surrounded by wildflower maze - this is a lovely feature of the
garden  and looks great almost throughout the year. You couldn't really ask for a finer backdrop
than Norwich Cathedral, either - could you!?

Hot off the press.

The light was absolutely gorgeous this morning, when I got to the garden. couldn't resist taking a few snaps... feels as though autumn is almost upon us.

Anemone hupehensis - I know this plant is happiest in semi-shade
but it looks simply stunning when the sun shines through it

A squirrel feasting ground...

Tomatoes worked well this year.

A chilli plant whose name has long since been lost.
For some reason we call it 'Donkey'

Dahlia 'Karma Sangria'

Check out the colour of this bad boy! It is Vitis coignetiae 'Claret Cloak'

Lunaria annua, doing what it does best.

This deep blue Aster looks incredible in the shade of a yew hedge -
the colours really pop. Having trouble identifying the variety... will get back to you.

Saturday, 24 September 2011


I'm being nagged again (Bainbridge!) that this needs updating. So here you go!

Beautiful Eupatorium purpuream. This is a cracker for the back of the
border, as it can get more than 6ft tall

Love the texture of these two together: Yucca filamentosa and Limnanthes douglasii "Poached egg plant"

Robin's Pin Cushion (Diplolepis rosae), actually a gall caused by a tiny wasp which causes a chemically induced distortion of an unopened leaf axillary buds. Purdy ain't it?

This enthusiastic plant is Phytolacca americana. At least we thought so, but it could also be P. decandra, since americana seems to have panicles hanging down, rather than pointing, erm, right up into the air. Maybe someone could clarify... Nevertheless, this plant causes a bit of a stir at this time of year, when it can get up to 3m tall.  

For garden designers, I've heard it's a bit of a faux pas to put pink and yellow together.
But I think this Sedum spectabile and Rudbeckia deamii look a treat.