So many exciting things have been happening this week!
On Thursday, we went to Westbury Court Garden, a Dutch water garden that is owned by the National Trust. Impressively, this garden is currently maintained by one amazing full time gardener and a part time gardener!
A recent problem in the horticulture world is boxwood blight. Soon, these parterres will be removed due to the blight.
A field of naturalized buttercups on the side of Westbury Court.
We have also car now! Which allows us to now travel out even farther than before!
Buckle up, England.
After work on Friday, we decided to practice driving by heading to Charlecote Park, another property of the National Trust.
Charlecote park is where a grand 16th century home is located. The surrounding area is open parkland designed by Capability Brown.
Today we went to Oxford to visit its Botanic Garden.
The gate of Oxford Botanic Garden. This picture is a fine example of my everyday struggle to have no people in the pictures (five attempts).
A water lilly display in a glass house!
Eichhornia crassipes (Water Hyacinth). A beautiful aquatic flower, but is considered a weed in the southern areas of the United States where it will overtake a lake or river.
Oxford’s Rock Garden.
Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm) out on display outside. Trachycarpus is cold tolerant, if protected properly.
My favorite new plant I learned today! Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’ (Pagoda Dogwood). The variegation of the leaves allows it to be a fine specimen tree even when it is not in flower!