A lesson learnt during these last few months, is how good it is to have two or three favourite, local/easy to get to, uplifting places to visit.
Although I’ve been a visitor to R.H.S. Wisley Garden for decades, over the past few months I’ve come to appreciate it more than ever. During this time when we can only meet one person to go for a walk, it’s been the perfect place to meet friends and family.
Autumn is a wonderful time for garden visiting, and Wisley is full of interesting seasonal plants kept, as you would imagine, in beautiful order.
This was my grand-daughters first visit to Wisley, she loved the expanse of space to run around in.
Another good reason for visiting a good garden like Wisley, is to see uncommon, seasonal plants. Inspiration to break out of the limited selection of plants found in many garden centres, and increase the biodiversity of plants in our gardens. A wide range of plants attracts more insects, butterflies and birds, and our gardens become more alive and interesting.
Don’t think of this shapely little plant as a dwarf conifer, a deeply unfashionable term in stylish garden circles. But rather as the elegant, evergreen plant with lovely texture that it is. It can perform the same function as those ubiquitous Box balls, but without the need for trimming or fending off disease.
I’m not sure why we don’t see Tricyrtis more often, it has beautiful, orchid like flowers. A deciduous perennial, it grows happily in shade/semi-shade.
I realise how fortunate I am to have a world class garden just 30 minutes drive away. However, one of my my favourite walks during lockdown, has been to a cafe for a take-away coffee.
Although it’s in a built-up area, I walk past a lovely graveyard with expansive lawns and trees. Some of the smallest front gardens en route, have great plants, and because they’re small any perfumed plants waft their delicious scent onto the pavement. It never fails to lift my spirit.
More about Wisley here, where you can take a virtual tour of the garden.
I hope you’ve found some nice walks to keep your spirits up.
all photos: Jill Anderson