There are plants in our lives that transport us right back to where we first connected with them, our recall with scent, and our senses, a kind of memory time-travel for gardener’s. Gardener’s often have hundred’s of plants that generate this kind of response, fortunately not all at once.
A recent visit to my first garden, an apprenticeship completed over a three-year training programme with the National Trust. This amazing opportunity at just 16 presented me with a infinite catalogue of latin plant names, enough to make your head spin.
Back to my visit to the terraced gardens that tumble over the walls of the Red Castle whose turrents proudly towering over the tree-lined rolling hills that line the river filled Severn valley, Welshpool, the gateway to Mid Wales.
Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymansay’ is a Small Columnar Tree of distinction that is a delight to discover, Eucryphia’s however are best grown in a sheltered position with protection from companion evergreen shrubs and deciduous trees for some dappled shade.
My first Eucryphia was enjoying light tree canopy of Birch and Scot’s Pine, underplanted with far-reaching branches of the Queen of the Forest ‘Magnolia’ and the forest Rose Camellia.
Introducing the columnar turrets of Eucryphia that were covered in a pearl white infusion of tea-cup sized single flowers, anther filled flowers. Small toothed deep green leaves of the Eucryphia benefit from the protection offered by the conical cone of colour splashed, shiny leaves of Holly, towering above robust evergreen mounds of Rhododendron and clusters of deciduous Azalea.
Azalea’s planted in large groups for a citrus cocktail of colours that follows the Carousel of carnival colours of candy floss Rhododendrons make a perfect host for Snowdrops, aconite or Scilla underplanted for early Spring colour.
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