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Brandon Marsh: Natural Sensory Garden


June 2016

The garden is maturing nicely and is looking well established now.  Bernie and Christine, the volunteers who look after the garden, have managed to keep bramble at bay and restrict other wildflowers to their alloted beds. Their care is very evident and the garden would not have survived this long without them. We cut the box for the first time this month; an emotional moment - for me anyway!


 





There has been some rabbit damage again. We are missing the blue haze of Scabious columbaria on the Apple tree mound and their other favourites - the sanguisorba and asters have been munched so we wil miss these later in the season. If you are visiting Please Close the Gate  behind you!




July 2012

 

"Lucy Hartley has a passion for design excellence and meticulous attention to detail, working with her on the New Sensory Garden at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre has been a pleasure. The months of hard work, freezing rain and snow have now produced a wonderful place for people to enjoy, sit and relax. Visitors can experience the fluid and vibrant design of the garden with particularly admiring comments about the exciting colours and the unique habitat wall built by Lucy herself."

Julie Turner Living Landscape Officer (Stratford District) Warwickshire Wildlife Trust



July 2014  
Gooseberry 'Hinonmaki Red' 
         Phlomis russeliana                             
  Echinops 'Taplow's Blue'                              

Rosa mutabilis is looking and smelling splendid this year after being defoliated by a break-in rabbit last year. The lower leaves of Euonymus alatus 'Compactus' and Sedum spectabile have not been so lucky with this year's break-in!

               


January and March 2014

               
                   

The Crocus 'Whitewell Purple' and Cyclamen coum planted in the Autumn of 2012 have come into their own as a valuable source of early nectar for pollinators.



August 2013


Bees and butterflies are getting to know our garden. The Agastache 'Blackadder' and Scabious columbaria flowers are positively humming with activity. A hoverfly takes a rest here on a Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Sammy Russell') and delightfully the first apple of the season starts to colour (Malus domestica 'Kidds Orange Red')


                   

June 2013


After a year the garden is really filling out. This month the river of chives make a show while the forget-me-nots keep up their haze of blue. Local schools have supplied amazing season artwork which now brighten up the large wall and if you look in the right place you can see the iron bee pollinating the giant flower installation.