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Lime Tree - June 2016

P1230385There is a magnificent lime tree on the main drive near Exbury House. From a distance it appears to be in full flower, but when you get closer you notice that a lot of the pale colour comes not just from the flowers, which have not yet fully opened, but from the bracts which hold them. Both are a pale yellow colour.  When the sun comes out the butterflies and hoverflies and bumblebees in the nearby long grass appear, and will be easy to see as they feed avidly on the flowers, which give off a wonderful scent. It seems to have been a good summer for lime trees, which are a fine sight just now.

P1230392Nearby, in the long grass, is a fine  patch of common spotted orchids. Other orchids can be found in various parts of the Gardens, such as on Jubilee Hill and in Daffodil Meadow. This is the commonest UK orchid, growing in woodland as well as on roadside verges and in other grassy habitats. It flowers between June and August, and can be recognised by the spots on its leaves. Its flowers can be pale pink or deep purple with darker markings on the lobes.

‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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