RHS Wisley: Part II

This, my second blog post following our visit to RHS Wisley on Saturday 15 September is a snapshot of our walk around the rest of the gardens in 12 photos.

I do have a fondness for grasses and this Miscanthus sinensis (I forgot to check out the cultivar) in the Mixed Borders with its feathery flowers is looking beautiful right now.

Dahlia ‘Mystic Dreamer’ also in the Mixed Borders is one of those ‘in your face’ flowers. Set against dark purple-bronze foliage the bright purple-pink flowers cannot go unnoticed, possibly just a bit too much for me, I don’t think that I’ll be including it in my own garden.

Having grown a number of fig trees from seed, more by accident than design, I am keen to find ways as to how I might incorporate at least one into my own garden. When I spotted the standard Ficus carica trees I just had to snap some pictures in the hope that they will inspire me to do the same with mine, though I’m not sure that I have space for eight standard figs!

Although very traditional, I do love a bit of topiary and the Yews alongside the Wisteria Walk are magnificent.

The Dell on Battleston Hill is possibly my favourite part of Wisley. Tucked away it’s easy to overlook but quite magical when you do stumble upon it. The stands of Musa basjo, Tetrapanax and Trachycarpus give a real jungle feel to the garden. Amongst them you will find such gems as Zanthoxylum piperitum (Japanese Pepper),  Wollemia noblis and Begonia grandis. There’s a lovely bench where you can sit for a while and imagine yourself in some far away place, possibly way back in the mists of time, for nestled in the undergrowth just a few metres from there lurks a Tyrannosaurus rex!

It’s always interesting to visit the plant trials in Portsmouth Fields. This year must have been a particularly challenging year for the trials, indeed to my disappointment the area shown on the map for Persicaria was noticeably empty. One display that stood out was the People’s Choice demonstration of Tagetes with T. patula ‘Durango Flame’ catching my eye.

The Surrey Sculpture Society Trail runs until 23 September with many beautiful pieces set in various locations across the garden this Dragonfly particularly caught my eye.

It’s not every day that you spot a dinosaur skull as you look across a lake and this one, part of the Jurassic Trail from earlier on in the summer was certainly drawing a crowd.

I have long been fascinated by the genus Amorphophallus and in particular A. titanum which I was lucky enough to see in flower at Kew in April 2016. On our visit to Wisley I saw A. bulbifer for the first time, it has the classic branched foliage borne on a single petiole, but with the curious habit of forming new bulbils on the leaves. 

In addition to the Hedychium in the Exotic Garden, the Glasshouse had more of these beautiful flowers with their sublime scent. This one, Hedychium coronarium was stunning and very exotic looking, but is perhaps not quite as hardy as the ones on display outside. 

This gorgeous Brugmansia x candida ‘Variegata’ was looking fantastic in the Glasshouse, I wish I could have returned in the evening to see what the scent was like. Maybe another one to add to my collection of Brugmansias in the future?

I love the furry pink bananas on Musa velutina. It is supposed to flower and set fruit at an early age and when just a metre or so tall, this is one of the many Musa seeds that failed to germinate for me earlier this year, so for now I’ll just look on at what might have been.


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