We visited the gardens in Golden Acre Park in June last year. I was very impressed by this former trial site for Gardening Which? when we visited last time so I was looking forward to this visit very much. You can read about my last visit in my Garden Visiting In June - Part One post. The garden was full to bursting in June so I wondered how it would look in December. To say it was a huge disappointment would be an understatement.
Just about every part of the garden looked to have been deserted, it had an almost eerie feel to it as though it was a lost garden long forgotten about. So different from the busy, working garden of summer.
The vegetable beds contained long dead plants which haven't yet been cleared away.
The sweetcorn was still standing, though dried out and unharvested.
The chard was still alive, just, but growing in a tangle of weeds.
Grasses filled most of this border, they were blowing in the breeze, though amongst them were more dead plants.
It was hard to imagine how productive this garden was in summer, I would urge you to look at the earlier post and compare it to how it all looks in these photos, the difference is unbelievable. I was glad to see some areas which were well tended though. The greenhouse was full of healthy looking pelargoniums and you can see the beds around it which are filled with newly planted primulas. I'm sure they'll look wonderful once they're all blooming.
Like my own pelargoniums, these ones were still flowering.
I remember this seating area from my previous visit, I love the green roof.
I was sad to read this notice which was hung on the gate. Some people will steal anything these days, absolutely disgusting.
After leaving the Trial and Display Garden, we had a look at the Limestone Rock Garden. This is the main outdoor display area for Golden Acre Park's large collection of alpines. There's not much going on here either at this time of year, its season runs from mid February until the beginning of June and again, you can see it at its best in my earlier post.
The dogwoods were putting on a fabulous display though.
I don't think I'll bother visiting these gardens during the winter months again but I can thoroughly recommend them during the summer months, and of course, the park itself is absolutely wonderful the whole year round.
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