Greenway garden highlights

The garden team have been hard at work improving parts of the garden, as well as the regular maintenance that they undertake to keep the garden looking tip-top. Here they keep us updated with their latest work, what's looking good at the moment, and what to look out for in the future.

    New grass border

    New grasses planted in Greenway garden

    In early April the garden team put the final touches to the grass border started last autumn. Added to the autumn plantings have been pennisetum grasses along with some shots of colour in the form of salvias, burnet (Sanguisorbas) and daylilies (Hemerocallis) to name but a few. The border is now looking full and loved so please have a look and let the team know what you think. Also, don’t forget to come back for a look in late summer when the border will be at its best.

    It's all peachy

    Peaches in the peach house at Greenway, Devon

    It looks like we are on target for a good second year with the crops in the Peach House. Apricots did well last year and we have high hopes for a similar crop this year. The garden team have also added some additional interest into the far beds in the form of nerines. These should produce a colourful display from late summer onwards.

    ‘Do I dare to eat a peach?’ No – don’t do it, the gardeners will be after you with pitch forks.

    Which camellia is that then?

    A close up of a camellia in Greenway Garden, Devon

    One of our garden volunteers, Dave, has been busy this spring taking photos and cataloguing the camellias at Greenway which haven’t yet been identified. We will be using these photos to try to name the rogue camellias – no small task. Wish us luck in our quest to become camellia experts.

    Top border drama

    An image of the top border at Greenway garden, Devon.

    If you haven’t yet made it up to the top border at Greenway this season, it’s not just the view that is worth a look. Following the hot summer last year the red/pink flower spikes of the beschorneria are numerous and looking spectacular.

    Also this year the spiky puya in the main grass meadow have started to produce two spectacular flower spikes. At the moment they are about three feet in height but they could get to 10 feet with electric blue flowers. They can take up to 20 years to flower, so this is definitely an area to keep an eye on.

    Children's veg plot in the Walled Garden

    Local school children gardening at Greenway

    Galmpton Primary School had their first allotment session of the year in the walled garden at Greenway in the middle of May. Pupils from year four started by harvesting spring greens, planting nasturtiums, sowing beetroot and giving the plot a good weed through.

    This year we will be continuing the edible flower border after last year’s success. We will also be growing some new crops in the form of edible ‘electric’ daisies and cucomelons as well as the usual favourites. This is an area of the garden that will change through the year so a good place to revisit to see what's growing.

    Wildlife spotting in the garden

    Green woodpecker

    When visiting Greenway you can’t fail to hear our boisterous song-bird contingent. However, if you venture slightly further into the gardens, the wealth of wildlife at Greenway might surprise you. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times to spot muntjac and roe deer, herons, buzzards, goshawks, woodpeckers, badgers, foxes and bats. You might even be lucky enough to spot a seal from the river path or various gulls, cormorants, and wildfowl from the boathouse.

    New plantings

    Fuchsias in Greenway garden, devon

    The border near the gardener's bothy was cleared last autumn and has now been re-planted. It boasts various geraniums, periwinkle (Vinca) and clematis for a more interesting ground cover. The team have also added some rhododendrons and mountain witch alder (Fothergilla) for spring interest as well as a snowdrop tree (Halesia) and some tri-colour hydrangeas to lighten the back of the border.

    Across from that, the opposite bed has been re-planted with fuchsias. These are cuttings from the original collection at Greenway; kindly provided by our retired gardener/ font of knowledge Jeff last autumn. This returns the collection to Greenway and ensures its survival for future generations.

    Forever. For Everyone. You know, as long as the deer don’t eat it.

Watch this space to find out more about the work in the garden.