Garden News

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.

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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