We continue our look around members’ gardens in 2020 featuring another “Virtual Open Garden” as part of our programme showing a different garden every week. This is because we can’t visit gardens in person due to Coronavirus. A new garden will be posted up on the web-site each Sunday for the following week. To see the gardens featured previously, click on “Archives” and the tabs “August 2020”, “July 2020” and “June 2020″ in the right hand panel to scroll through the earlier gardens. The owners of gardens that have been already been featured are:

  • Carrie & Matt Lyons
  • Colin & Diana Barber
  • Glenys McDonald
  • Lillian Taylor
  • Alison & David Claridge
  • Sir Keith and Lady Mills
  • Judy & Bill Liddall
  • Jean & John Tune
  • Carole & Mike Marks
  • Anne & Graham Parsons

Future Gardens will include those of: Geraldine Vivian; John Perry; Julie Watkins & Andy.

Any if you would like to feature your garden please contact Michael Marks by e-mail: michael.marks7@btinternet.com

To see the garden photos in the best format click on the first picture below, which will open up the picture in full screen and then click through the photos using arrows to the right (sequence forward) and left (sequence back) of the screen.

Gill & Bill Long’s Garden is this weeks featured garden and they describe their garden as follows:

When we moved to Woodland Way, twenty-two years ago, we had a lot of work to do.

The garden had been neglected for some time and was very overgrown. The boundary with St Lawrence Ave had an old conifer hedge, tall and dark, about five metres tall, stopping everything else in the garden from growing.  Once we had removed it, we were able to prune and replant some of the borders.

An old garage at the bottom of the garden also needed moving and replacing so that we could have a sunny terrace to display our pots and containers.

It is a lovely sunny and warm area that allows us to try our hand at more exotic and tropical plants. Many of you will have spotted the palm and banana trees over the fence, as you pass. We also grow Oleander, Colocasia (elephants’ ears) and several succulents.

It’s a very relaxed garden and in the main part we have a variety of Acers, azalea and rhododendron along with mixed borders of perennials.

The front garden is fortunate to be well placed, facing south west, enabling us to start the year with a display of bulbs and forget me nots which are then replaced by perennials, as the year progresses.

There is an apricot tree on the side wall of the house, also a plum tree. This year we’ve grown several types of squash there, as well. They have been a real talking point! We hope you enjoy looking at our garden below.