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Monday, 19 July 2010

Nymans Garden in Sussex

A day down with Mum and we visited Nymans Gardens. Haven't been there for sometime but nice to revisit. It was always a favourite with Mum & Dad so it has good associations too.

Nymans was one of the first gardens to come to the National Trust and was donated in 1953 on the death of Leonard Messel. His daughter Anne, the Garden Director until 1987, continued to improve the gardens during that time.

Just as we leave the visitor's centre this building looks out over the views (no pic of the views, wrong light

Hydrangeas do exceptionally well here as do Azaleas and Rhododendrons.

The herbaceous borders everywhere were so colourful.

And now the main flush of roses has gone over, the hips/haws bring more colour.

These very vivid flowers (Gazanias I think) were covered in bees of different types.

This one being completely covered in pollen so it was hard to distinguish the bee from the centre of the flower.

At the beginning of a new board walk (it's through Bamboo not water) was this carving of a Panda

In the centre of the rose garden, bubbled a fountain

And further around was a giant urn with some interesting decorations.

We walked further around to go to the house... This is the dovecote.

The house suffered a fire in February 1947 (when it was still in the Messel family) and now only a small part of it is still intact.

Huge magnificent trees can be found in many parts of the grounds.

Whilst the National Trust now permits photography within its houses, there are some exceptions and Nymans is one of them. Apparently there are some items on loan and the lenders prefer not have them photographed. So this is the only picture I took of some amazingly scented flowers just inside the entrance door!

Walking across the lawn away from the house, you come to the croquet lawn. The structure on top of the mound is a view point. However, it's now been closed as it's become unsafe but marvellous views can be had from the viewing stand when you can get up there!

A long row of lavender and not far from it some broad leaved plant with this cricket/grasshopper. We managed to see it rubbing its legs and producing that well-known sound.

And along the bottom of the croquet lawn is this long Wisteria Walk.

The Wisteria itself must be many many years old. This is one of the gnarled stems.
And then home for a well earned cuppa. A lovely and impromptu day out.


Anonymous said...

Lots of lovely colour here Tricia, looks a nice place to visit.

Glo said...

What a beautiful garden and looks like lovely weather for your mum and you to enjoy it as well. The photo of the bee immersed in the pollen covered flower is so effective. I feel like I've been for a walk around the property as well :) Just perfect. That 'badger' looks a bit familiar - reminds me of Bandido Raccoon who has been visiting my cherry tree...although I may just be getting a bit paranoid ;)

holdingmoments said...

It looks a great place to visit, plenty to see. That bee is certainly covered in pollen!
And the Gazanias are a beautiful colour.

Wilma said...

Tricia, I do believe that they should hire you as photographer for a pamphlet on these gardens. The photos are superb! I really like the pollen-covered bee.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos again. Looks like a fantastic place. That pollen-covered bee is amazing - I missed it in the first image.

I reckon your wooden carving is a panda, being as it's associated with a bamboo plantation.

oldcrow61 said...

What a lovely place. The gardens are so colourful. I got a chuckle out of the picture of the pollen covered bee. It's a wonder he could fly, lol. Love the carving of the badger as well. Mention it to Pete will ya! Maybe he can fit it in the box, lol, lol.

Ann Flowers said...

What a beautiful garden! I would have loved to walk there, and see all the gorgeous flowers! Thanks for sharing

Ragged Robin said...

Looks a really beautiful garden. I love the photo of the bee covered in pollen and the photos of the fountain. Sounds like you and your mum had a lovely day out.

Anonymous said...

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Tricia said...

Roy - yes it is... lots of places to walk too

Glo - The weather wasn't too bad.. bright and not too hot!! I believe (thanks to Digibirder) that this is a Panda. Losing your cherries to a Racoon must be a bit maddening!

Keith - amazing bee - don't know how it managed to fly in that condition.

Wilma - I'm flattered by your comment but there's many a better picture out there than mine.

Digi - It's def worth a visit if you're down this way at any time. Particularly for the 3 mile woodland walk away from the more formalised area of the gardens.

You're right about the Panda (DOH!!) and I've amended blog accordingly.

OC - the colour was amazing and all "ordinary" plants that you could grow in your own garden. And the Panda (as I now think it is) - I'll let Pete know to put it in the cargo hold ;)

Ann - thank you for visiting and leaving a comment; nice to have you here.

It's a wonderful garden and plenty of it too. So away from the "main" part there's not too many people even for a Sunday.

Ragged Robin - It was a great day and the intervals of wildlife always add to any garden. Especially when you're not out specifically looking for wildlife...

Simonh - thank you for visiting and glad you like the blog. Kingishers are wonderful birds - there's some nice picture on your blog.

Good luck with your blog - it can become addictive though ;)

Midmarsh John said...

That looks a lovely place to explore. Lots of colourful flowers and interesting objects.

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