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This Month June 2020 - Sunday, 31 May 2020

It has been a life changing time lately. My parents started to develop Moors Meadow almost by accident from farm to garden due to their love of plants. Since 1999 myself and my mum have been tending it and creating many new features with most of the sculptures and seats being home-crafted. The planting in recent years have been predominantly species rarely seen in gardens and extending the area of garden planted to cover the whole 7acres.  My mum was 98 this year, she did have to retire from gardening when she was 94 due to increased fragility however her brain remained very active and bright. Her body finally gave up in May but her legacy of our beautiful garden will live on. We value our peace yet also like to share our creation with others and having garden visitors means we can get some, much needed, help in the garden.
The end of May saw a few more new plants but I do not know what I will be able to plant them due to the dry weather, worryingly dry, I feel I should be doing some rain dances. We do have space still through creative pruning and the late frost may have done irreparable damage to some, I am waiting to see if they pick up before I remove them.
 For one area I wanted two small trees and they are Acer wardii with long dripping tips to the leaves, it is found at 2,400 - 3,600m in Tibet, Yunnan, Myanmar and Assam. Rehderodendron macrocarpum is native to southwestern China and northern Vietnam at altitudes of 1,000 - 1,500m and is threatened by habitat loss. It had slightly scented, cup-shaped pendant white flowers followed by red-ribbed fruit.
Philadelphus purpurascens is a shrub from mixed forests on mountain slopes in southwest China, in summer on its arching branches it bears clusters of sweetly scented, white, bowl-shaped flowers with purple calyces. Hydrangea aspera Koki had velvety, purple flushed, dark green leaves that attracted my eye to it, it was only later I read of the clusters of tiny purple-pink flowers surrounded by larger pale pink florets. I also chose Rubus calophyllus for its leaves that are coarsely serrated with conspicuous veins, it has deep wine-red flowers.
I recently got Aristolochia manshuriensis (Dutchman’s Pipe) with no idea where to plant it. After walking around with my thinking cap on I decided that we would remove the smallest greenhouse which was on the edge, and overlooking, the spring garden and build a structure for it to climb over with a seating area as there are lovely views. We, of course, used recycled materials wherever we could with the solid roof being the back cab of a pickup truck which just happened to be lying around doing nothing, it will be softened as the climber rambles over it and we plant more low shrubs and perennials around. I do like coming up with new ideas and putting them into practice.
We have decided to now open the garden by appointment so please contact us to visit and do not visit without confirmation from us.

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