Looking Good in the Garden

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.

Hydrangea aspera with its soft velvety leaves.

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!

~wander.essence~  photography


  1. Su Leslie says:

    I’m having a little hydrangea swoon. And the rest of the garden looks lovely too. Hope your son is doing ok.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have more hydrangeas to come on the flower blog. There are all sorts in this garden, not just the mop-heads that I have shown here. Son is improving, thanks Su 😊

      1. Su Leslie says:

        That’s great Jude.

  2. It was definitely venturing out to see all these glorious plantings. The hydrangeas are stunning.

    1. Heyjude says:

      More hydrangeas on the flower blog next week 🙂

  3. Sue says:

    How lovely!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Jo would like it.

  4. I visited Trebah earlier in the year. It’s lovely to see it looking so different. Thank you

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a garden for all seasons. I love it in the winter too.

  5. What a beautiful garden! Wonderful pictures! The rain knows when needed to held off 🙂

  6. BeckyB says:

    what a beautiful morning/afternoon out . . . and just loving the second one of the bamboo as well as your artistic hydrangeas. Hope your son’s recovery is going well . . . my sister in law is still in hospital. Over 2 months now!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am so glad to have seen the hydrangeas in flower at last! I always see them too early or too late! They are quite a sight and the garden is lovely for a stroll. Nice restaurant too. That’s a long time in hospital. ‘A’ spent just over 4 weeks this time and a week before that. Still has to go back every 3 days for another fortnight at least… it is quite a strain. I hope your s-i-l is improving at least.

  7. Sandra says:

    Beautiful. Definitely worthwhile braving the roads – I’m with you on not going far if I can avoid it right now. Hope your son’s recovery is moving forward.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sandra. Still some way to go, but at least he is here now and can have some ‘proper’ food to build him up.

  8. How lovely and lush it all looks! It is so hot and dry here in the states, that everything is stressed. Without watering, nothing would survive. How I long for rain, cooler weather, and the lushness of your English gardens. Maybe in September.

    1. Heyjude says:

      That does sound dreadful. No shortage of the wet stuff here!

  9. Sadje says:

    Beautiful pictures and flowers.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Sadje 🙂

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

  10. beetleypete says:

    Suitably tropical, Jude. Worth the effort of taking on the holiday crowds. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not so bad in the garden, but the A30 gets very busy at this time of the year.

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