Beth Chatto gardens visit
With camera in hand, on a warm September day, it was time to pay the Beth Chatto gardens another visit. It’s always such a pleasure visiting the gardens near Colchester. For us its just a short drive and worth making the effort. If you love anything to do with nature or need to be inspired when choosing plants for your garden then this is the place to visit.
Dry garden at Beth Chatto
The first area of the gardens where you can spend time wandering around near the entrance is the dry or drought garden. A wonderful selection of plants that will tolerate dry conditions. Most people’s gardens have areas which are drier , and if you live near the coast like we do the winds tend to dry out the garden in exposed areas. Such plants like the lavender, red-hot pokers, flax like dry conditions and a well-drained soil. Lavender is quite a favourite of ours as the smell is quite intoxicating and bees love them too.
Water gardens at Beth Chatto
Walk past the ticket entrance and you will find yourself amidst lakes surrounded by a wide variety of water-loving plants, the ginormous leaves of the rheum or gunnera, reeds, water lilies to name a few. Lakes interconnected, crossed by bridges leading through to beautiful flower gardens and a woodland. A real delight to spend the day or afternoon gazing at the ornate plants and a variety of insects that inhabit this area. A photographers paradise too! Whatever time of year you come there is always something to catch your eye.
I always come away from my visit with numerous shots of insects and garden plants and lots of inspiration!
For those of us who just can’t resist a plant or two there is the nursery to wander around and choose your favourite souvenir of the day. This time I purchased a dwarf type Rubeckia, with lots of buds and plenty of life in it. At the end of the flowering it will produce seeds that will be collected to produce numerous plants next year to populate our small garden.