Thursday, 20 September 2012

High Beeches

Nestled in the forest ridges of West Sussex, mid-way between London and the south coast sits High Beeches Woodland & Water Garden, containing a beautiful collection of rarely seen plants and trees surrounding peaceful water gardens.
 
 
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The reason for our visit was to view the Blue Willow Gentians which are in full flower at this time of year. High Beeches is said to be the only UK garden in which these shade loving plants have naturalised in such large numbers.
 
 
We took to the descending paths, through an acid wildflower meadow that had not been ploughed or cultivated within living memory to see pirouetting butterflies, diaphanous winged dragonflies and friends dancing amongst the Devil's Bit Scabious.
 
Down into enchanting mossy woodland glades, we walked marked tracks past ponds bordered by enormous Gunnera Manicata, malodourous American Swamp Lily and then thankfully on to swathes of sweetly scented Hedychium Gardnerianum growing under a dizzying array of trees including some very impressive Magnolia, Rhododendron and Acer. 


 
At last the Willow Gentians we sought revealed themselves with trumpet shaped flowers in the most beautiful and vivid shade of blue scattered all over the lower gardens. The long descend concluded with a much longer ascend to a well deserved picnic with views over the High Weald.




 
 

13 comments:

  1. Incredible tree shot. Love the structure. Beautiful plant shots up close.

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  2. just beautiful. blooms, trees, green! love the church spire, also.

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  3. Did you say blue? I need some of those for my blue garden which is turning out to be (ahem) purple!! Will remember this garden for the future.

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  4. Oh such a lovely few minutes away from a grey day here in Nova Scotia. Thank you for taking me to visit High Beeches.

    I have to agree with Rohrerbot...although I think the Gentians are stunning...that tree shot...skin and bones...wonderful photo Paul.

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  5. Great photos, love the moss and the tree with no bark . . . The Willow Gentians are a gorgeous, brillant blue. Very nice post . . .

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  6. Very beautiful photos. I enjoyed looking at them all. The trip down and up the hill was worth it. Enjoy the weekend. Pamela

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  7. OMG...what a purely magical place, Paul...You are so lucky to see it up close and personal...I certainly envy you...
    Fabulous photos...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  8. This is such a relaxing and serene blog post to look at for me, after a long day analyzing Financial statements and determining working capital at work. Your photo of the yellow water lily (looks like it) reminded me of a Georgia O'Keefe painting. TGIF, I will try look up more in the skies during my free time. Have a good weekend.

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  9. Hello Paul:
    These truly are wonderful for the intensity of the blue, unusual at this time of year, and which must be a glorious sight when seen en masse.

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  10. Dear Paul - lovely to see the Willow Gentians in this country. I have only ever come across them before growing in the Austrian and Swiss mountains.

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  11. What an amazing place this is Paul! The Gentians look wonderful. What a beautiful shade of blue they have. The pond and woodland areas look very impressive too.

    Madelief

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  12. Sir Paul,
    I have NOT missed reading, but my ipad would not allow me to comment for some reason. I'm back...and as usual am so entranced with all you have to show! I hope and trust you have a tally ho weekend in store!

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  13. If I were a Gentian I'd want to live in this garden! Beautiful photos!

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