That is one lovely pond Andy. Could happily sit by that for an hour or so, watching 'comings and goings' so to speak. And the scree garden areas are smashing - still thinking about how to build something like that into my garden.
Like Chuckles said, the plants are way ahead of mine here! Nice to see what's happening elsewhere whilst I wait for mine to strut their stuff.
God gave us memories so that we can have roses in December
I have the label as P. hetrophyllus 'Catherine de la Mare'
Hope that helps a bit
Ok then, thanks Andy. Having called it venustum for several years I'll now call it..........as above! I'll be selling some at oldmoleskins garden open day so will call it that. Can I fit it on a label though!!!!!!
Very spectacular photos Andy, and a credit to you and your fellow gardeners for keeping everything in ship shape. Our local council could certainly learn a thing or two from Brighton.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. Abraham Lincoln, (attributed) 16th president of US (1809 - 1865)
Brighton city parks has been an absolute revelation this year. We have planted many of our verges up with either wild flower mixes or spring bulbs. One of the roads leading to Brighton's new football stadium (opening next summer) has had blue and white bulbs planted underneath white flowering cherries on the approach to the stadium.
The centre of town has been replanted and long beds of different colours hace been used to superb effect.
We have also won several awards this year for Brittain in bloom among others. People have been phoning in and writing to the local paper saying how wonderful everything looks. Of course, the local councillors are lapping this up and because it's a potential vote winner for them, we will come out of the whole cut back situation reletively intact !!!
All of this new planting has been from one of our managers who i've known for many years and is also a good mate. His attitude is "just do it....you'll never get told off for improving the place" so he blows a big percentage of his budget on planting the bulbs etc. I've always envied the other other areas because this manager is a do'er whereas my manager is....errrm not !!!
Anyway, yesterday, i got told that with immediate effect, the decent manager will now be my manager ;D. Yesterday we had a chat over a coffee and decided what we was going to do and how we'd drag the rock garden forward. Well i left that meeting clicking my heels together in a Morecombe and Wise stylee and i haven't stopped grinning since.
I was getting very stagnant with the old boss...no inspiration, no motivation etc etc and i just plodded along. The new boss has basically said that as from now, considder it like walking into a new job. If there's anything i want...plant wise, he'll get it for me without quibble. I know this is no lie because he does it with other areas.
So, over the next 5 years, i expect the garden to change beyond recognition into the Jewel in Brighton's crown.....after all, this is the biggest municiple rock garden in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe.
Wonderful colour there - and shape, too. How come the elms are still alive, though? We have none in Somerset.
Thanks for all the comments and nominations guys.
Brighton, along with eastbourne, houses the national Elm collection and since the mid 70's, has been very proactive in reducing dutch elm disease. We have 17,000 Elms in Brighton and every one is checked regularly by various volunteer "spotters"