Generally speaking I do not go out a lot during the summer holidays as the roads are jammed, car parks full and places crowded. All things that do not appeal to me. But there are exceptions and given the autumnal weather we are currently experiencing I thought it would be nice to visit Trebah garden whilst the wonderful Hydrangeas that they are famous for are in bloom. They are looking wonderful this year mainly due to June’s high rainfall.
Being accompanied by my son who is still undergoing regular treatments in hospital we decided to stick mainly to the Beach Path which runs along the valley floor to the private beach. To get there we went through the lovely Water Garden which is planted with lots of interesting water loving plants.
The Bamboozle never fails to appeal to me. I just love the colours of the various varieties, the thickness of the stems and the sublime glossy smooth textures that look and feel as though they have been lacquered.
Crossing over onto Davidia Walk and past the huge Gunnera now in full leaf, we had our first views of Hydrangea Valley.
Full of flowers of every colour the majority of these plants were planted in 1949. They are hand pruned in early spring which helps to promote flowering well into the autumn.
The Mallard Bridge with its new smart coat of paint offers good views up the valley and over Mallard Pond. The planting here consists of mainly herbaceous plants that enjoy a moist location and include Salvia, Lythrum virgatum, Stipa gigantea, Rudbeckia and several Persicaria.
And close to the entrance / exit to the garden you will find two types of shrubby Verbena – Clerodendrum bungei with large heart-shaped leaves and wine-coloured fragrant flowers and Clerondendrum trichotomum var. fargesii which bears highly fragrant white star-shaped flowers in late summer and metallic-blue berries in autumn. Both plants are native of China.
And luckily for us the rain held off until we were leaving the garden!