A hidden gem in the High Weald of Sussex, sensitively planted to enhance the natural landscape. A botanical treasure trove and classic English idyll make High Beeches one of the finest gardens in the South East
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
I can always find a dozen plants in flower in the garden on Christmas Day but was surprised to find many of them already in flower this year.
A very early primrose enjoying the warmth.
Rhododendron Yellow Hammer, a hybrid rhododendron which delights throughout the year.
A number of other rhododenrons also have a smattering of flower.
I also found flower buds on Magnolia grandiflora Goliath.
Monday, 3 November 2014
|Betula utilis with Nyssa sylvatica in the back ground|
The end of the season is always a time for reflection. We miss our visitors but at the same time we have space to plan for the next season.
Planting will be going ahead in the next few weeks mainly out in Tank Meadow, where Russell and Balint will be planting two small copses and a number of specimen trees. Two more Prunus will be added to the exisiting collection along with three Betula costata. The plan is to add to the autumn colour already there provided by two young Nyssas and three
Carpinus with another Carpinus and an Acer Sacchrum. The Prunus have also been chosen
with autum colour in mind.
|Acer palmatum and Magnolia grandiflora, top right|
I took these photos today with the exception of the fourth which was taken a week or two ago.
There has been heavy rain in the last 24 hours but the sun came through just before the light started to go. There was a beautiful sunset.
|Miscanthus sinensis malepertus|
The Garden will be open from 28th March until 1st November, 2015, 1pm - 5pm every day except Wednesdays. Coaches welcome by appointment at any time.
|A particularly good Acer seedling, Sorbus sargentiana, Pinus Montezuma with a background of Fagus sylvatica|
Monday, 13 October 2014
THE AUTUMN YELLOWS are lighting up the garden.
Many of the great Fall trees put on a beautiful display of yellow before taking on their more familiar spectacular reds and oranges.
|Nyssa sylvatica High Beeches|
Friday, 3 October 2014
Disanthus cercidifolius, a member of the hamamelidaceae family, is lighting up the garden with the spectacular colour of its heart shaped leaves. A native of Japan and China it was introduced to the UK in about 1893. It is a woodland plant, an acid soil lover and fairly hardy. There are seven plants flourishing in the garden at High Beeches.
Friday, 12 September 2014
|Early signs of Autumn|
It is the time of year for berries and seed and this is a particularly good year.
Sorbus hupehensis is covered in bright pink berries. A Rowan native to central and western China. It was discovered by Ernest Wilson in 1910.
Acer caudatifolium, a beautiful snake bark maple from Taiwan.
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
SEPTEMBER WILD FLOWERS
There are still many wildflowers to be seen in the garden at High Beeches. It is a particularly good year for the Devil's-bit Scabious, succisa pratensis which is flowering freely throughout the meadows and garden. The Devils-bit scabious, a beautiful lavender blue, was used to treat Scabies and is a good source of nectar, it is also a food plant of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly
There are large clumps of Common Fleabane, Pulicaria dysenterica, to be found, its name comes from past use as an incense to rid the house of insects and it was also used in the treatment of dysentry. Water Mint, Menta aquatica, grows in the ghylls, a valuable source of nectar for bees and butterflies as well as a food plant for caterpillars.
Lesser Skullcap, Scutellaria minor and Cow Wheat, Melampyrum pratense are also flourishing. Cow Wheat is an ancient woodland indicator and its seed is attractive to wood ants. It is also a food plant for the caterpillars of the Heath Fritillary butterfly. The delicate Skull cap is semi parasitic on other plants and was used in traditional medicine.
Friday, 8 August 2014
TheWoodland Gentian, Gentiana asclepiadea,is established here at High Beeches and in August the gentians flower throughout the garden. High Beeches is the only known site in the UK where these gentians are naturalised.
The Woodland or Willow Gentian is a perennial and is a native of central and southern europe and is usually to be found in woodland mountain areas. It is a beautiful plant with elegant arching stems and bright blue trumpet like flowers.