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Wednesday, 29 December 2010 11:24

Mature hedges and box topiary divide and add structure to the exuberant cottage style planting in this 1 ½ acre country garden.  Spring brings fruit blossom in the orchard, wild flowers and drifts of bulbs; daffodils, tulips, alliums and cammasias all making an appearance as the season progresses towards early summer.


Later there are tunnels of sweetpeas, herbs, salads and vegetables in the kitchen garden and plenty to see in the wide densely planted, loosely colour schemed borders planted with a wide variety of annuals, perennials, grasses and, in June of course, plenty of roses. Clematis and other climbers add to the picture by scrambling through shrubs, over arches and walls and up through obelisks and an abundance of pots add interest and colour to all areas of the garden.


After the usual low rainfall of an Essex summer when all but drought loving plants struggle to survive, suddenly September and October bring a little more moisture and with it the stronger colours of dahlias and salvias, which together with plenty of nectar-rich varieties of sedums and asters, encourage foraging bees and, on sunny late summer days, clouds of butterflies.  Grasses and swathes of nerines, colchicums, crocus and other autumn bulbs reappear to complete a long season of colour and interest.


The garden is situated on the northern outskirts of the historic riverside town of Burnham on Crouch, a popular yachting centre on the banks of the river Crouch in the south east corner of Essex known as the Dengie Peninsular, a wild and picturesque landscape largely unchanged since it’s listing in the Doomsday Book.  Not only a mecca for yachtsmen, the town and it’s surrounding area is extremely popular with ramblers and birdwatchers particularly in winter when waders and geese migrate from the arctic and Scandinavia and can be seen on riverbank in the estuary and on surrounding farmland.


Woodpeckers is approximately 0.75 miles from the railway station.


We are close to several other NGS gardens (see website or Yellow Book) and we are 20 minutes from RHS garden Hyde Hall.

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