A special garden at Mole Creek

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An open day at a garden called Wychwood saw us driving a very long way in one day but it was worth it. We received an alert to the event from the Magnus family who own Woodbridge Fruit Trees.

The entrance to the garden was lined with silver birches and beneath dotted with toadstills, the type I have only seen illustrated in fairy tales. The red spotted toadstills Amanita muscaria looked so perfect that at first I really thought they were fake.

Wychwood is also a nursery and people were queuing up to buy plants. Nic Magnus was handing out samples of heritage apples and pears. The Elgaar cheese people sold their cheddar, yoghurt and haloumi and someone sold apple cider but an opportunity existed to sel apple pies, apple butter or other apple somethings….

IMG_2137We spotted an espaliered ‘Catshead’ apple framing the vegetable garden. There was an abundance of apples the size of quinces.

Various sculptures were strategically placed through the garden, although one sculpture of a pear on a plinth was unexpectedly placed near the wood pile opposite the chicken pen. Along with sculptures, hedging here is an art form and planting was designed to lure you from one outdoor room to the next. We did walk down to Mole Creek at the perimeter of the property to see if we could spot the trout or the platypus said to live there but of course with all the chatter nearby a platypus was wise to be was nowhere close on that day.IMG_3434 IMG_3436 IMG_3437 IMG_3438 IMG_3441 IMG_3442 IMG_3443 IMG_3444 IMG_3445 IMG_3446 IMG_3447 IMG_3448 IMG_3451 IMG_2100 IMG_2101 IMG_2103 IMG_2108 IMG_2110 IMG_2124 IMG_2128 IMG_2133 IMG_2136 IMG_2142 IMG_2154 IMG_2160 IMG_2163 IMG_2116 IMG_2117 IMG_2118 IMG_2145 IMG_2146 IMG_2161

Back at home I reached for the Rosehips & Crabapples book by Susan Irvine that my friend Barbara Heath left with me and found that Irvine had lived nearby and visited the garden from time to time to buy plants.

The magnificent property is for sale but the unprepossessing house may be letting the sale down as it seems to have been on the market for some time. And not to be underestimated is the whole legacy of keeping such a garden to the standard the owners have achieved.

 

 

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