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Hesperis and the last rhododendron in Sunvalley


This area is not visible from our house. It is a short walk from the house but I love to be there. It is mainly wild but pretty in May. There were several rhododendrons when we moved in but overgrown with ferns, blackberries ,ivy and other native invasive shrubs. We started to clear it and I had a vision for it (agriculture) which did not work.
I did develop it to a certain level but don’t want it to be formal. It looks crowded in my pictures but I do have paths around.

Late blooming rhododendron

It has cute individual flowers within its cluster. There is another of these blooming in front of the house but I cannot find a name for it.

There are at least 10 rhododendrons in the area. Most are finished by now .

Because of the deterioration in my mobility I have plenty of seating around
White chair

Blue chair

Lots of Hesperis in all colours seeding itself everywhere. There are also self seeded foxgloves but not quite blooming yet.

I have to choose plants that deer does not favour as they browse through and this is one of them:
Mexican orange (Choisya ternata)

A Song Sparrow was watching me very closely as they have a nest nearby.

I have couple of large Japanese maples in this part of Sunvalley which are pretty in autumn,
This is an afternoon sun side of the area,the other side is mainly little orchard, few grapes ,herbs, red currant,few lavenders, and lots of ferns and Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor) which are both invasive but native so people here accept that.
I guess we all have a favorite spot in our garden.

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Looks a Heavenly spot where you can completely lose yourself. Like the occasional seat.

1 Jun, 2023


It looks like a lovely haven of peacefulness.

1 Jun, 2023


I’m sorry to hear about your mobility problems Klahanie. It’s sensible to have plenty of places to sit … I do the same. And it’s great that our gardens give us solace, comfort and joy. Lovely photos by the way!

1 Jun, 2023


It looks like an idyllic setting, Klahanie, I can see why you favour it.

1 Jun, 2023


what a lovely area to have.

it looks idyllic.

1 Jun, 2023


Thank you all for liking this part of our property.

Sheila, the age is catching up with me .....but its still manageable.

2 Jun, 2023


Wonderful area to walk and/or sit within, lovely photos.

2 Jun, 2023


Thank you Shirley_tulip.

3 Jun, 2023


Beautiful. I love that type of garden. I like the chairs in different colours & the lovely Rhodos. Lovely little song sparrow too.

3 Jun, 2023


Thank you Feverfew for your nice note.

3 Jun, 2023


It's alovely part of your garden and nice to be able to sit and enjoy it for a while :)

6 Jun, 2023


It's very nice of you to say so Hywel. Thank you.
Because of so much Hesperis in the area, there are lots of butterflies and bees also. They all like these colourful plants.

6 Jun, 2023


I missed, Klahanie, apologies. Gorgeous garden pics, your rhododendron is striking! Looks quite luminous amongst everything else. Loving the other planting too, and I do like an Adirondack chair...beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

6 Aug, 2023


Thank you kate. I do like to be down there..... especially in late spring.

7 Aug, 2023

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