Garden Group Visit

July 24th, 2016Comments Off on Garden Group Visit

u3a gardening group july 2016 007 (1)Ignoring the forecast of heavy rain Gardening Group 1 set off to visit two gardens in the Caulkerbush area which they had not visited before. The first garden was the Glensone Walled Garden located up on the hill above Caulkerbush with wonderful views of the Solway and Cumbrian Fells, in good weather but not on the day of the visit. Mr and Mrs Millar, the owners, took the group round the garden which they had cleared and replanted over the last thirty years. There is now had a wonderful selection of herbaceous plants, fruit bushes, apple trees and a prolific vegetable area.

Unfortunately while at the garden the very heavy rain started to fall and the group moved on to the Flower Festival being held in the lovely Norman style Southwick Church in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the church. This was an added bonus to the outing. The church was decorated with glorious themed floral arrangements at each of the windows and throughout the church. The tribute to the fallen of the Somme was particularly poignant.

In the afternoon, after lunch at Treats and Eats in Colvend, it was on to the extensive garden at Southwick House where the group were taken round by the gardener Robert Lyle and David his assistant.  Again when visiting the formal walled garden the heavens opened but being wet if not soaked by now the group continued to the hedged garden with more flower beds and rose beds around an old lily pond where water lilies were in flower. The large glasshouse had fruit, vegetables and flowers including a hibiscus plant.  The highlight of this visit was finding that the mature tulip tree was in flower with small, delicate flowers. The group passed the many new tree plantings around the large ponds before heading to the house for a welcome cup of tea.

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