Tuesday, 5 May 2015

A Spring Celebration at Batsford Arboretum

May 1st seemed like a good day to make another visit to Batsford Arboretum, bringing with it the anticipation of  their frothy Japanese  cherries blossoming and the exquisitely shaped Magnolia flowers with colours ranging from pure white to deep pink.
There's a lot more to Batsford at this time of year than cherries and magnolias as you can see from the photos I took; although I couldn't resist some photos of them as well.
 Above the delicately perfumed, but rather unruly Ribes odoratum, and below a plant growing prolifically in damp places with a great tuberous root, looking a bit like Bergenia.
 And below, Staphylea colchina, also very floriferous
 And Powlonia tomentosa, behind a hedge and almost missed, a great tree with amazing bell shaped flowers:
The spring colours of the Acers were fabulous, this is Acer palmatum 'Koto no ito'
Here's a coral coloured one beautifully contrasted against a darker Acer.

The coral one alone, and Horse Chestnut buds bursting fabulously, and like the one below there were masses of ferns unfurling. I don't have any ferns, I think I'd like to start a small collection.
I've taken a few random photos of Magnolias, stellata above and below a pale creamy coloured one commemorating Queen Elizabeth's diamond Jubilee
It's amazing how exuberant they are in their flowering once they settle down in a place. I've had one for a couple of years and it looks decidedly unhappy and hasn't flowered this spring.

This is quite a young one looking so beautiful.
If you haven't visited Batsford yet, it's a great place to discover; it's an RHS partner garden, and the lunches cooked on the premises are excellent, there's also a garden centre attached, a shop and the lovely Applestore where you can buy second hand furniture, crockery and lots of other desirable things

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