An Early January Walk in the Garden
|Liquidamber styraciflua 'Worplesdon'|
|Mahonia 'Lionel Fortescue'|
service volunteers to join our small team who run the gate lodge.
There are always plants to enjoy in winter. High Beeches is not a winter garden but it is always good to find a Rhododendron in flower, Rh. rirei an Ernest Wilson introduction, and Mahonia x media 'Lionel Fortescue' both brighten up a dull day.
The seed pods of the Liquidamber make an interesting picture against a grey sky and it is good to see the bright berries of Sorbus hupehensis another Ernest Wilson introduction.
The winter is also an opportunity to enjoy the bark of the ornamental trees. Stewartia monodelpha has particularly striking orange
flaking bark. A very attractive tree flowering in summer, followed by good autumn colour, it is truly a tree for all seasons. Every garden should have one.