Derek & Anne Church’s Garden
On a wet and miserable day in November last year we visited the garden of Derek and Anne Church, the visit was repeated yesterday, 11th June and what a difference! The sun shone as we gathered once again in Anne and Derek’s garden, you may remember, last year Anne successful exhibited, in the Hakin Horticultural Show, one of her roses we were now able to see why she won a silver cup truly a magnificent specimen with a delightful perfume. Against the boundary wall grow roses and other climbing plants to include a cultivated blackberry, with the apples from their tree I sense an apple and blackberry crumble appearing on their autumn menu! Derek’s new greenhouse is now home to some very healthy tomato plants although the alpine house (the former greenhouse destroyed in the gales) has yet to be completed there are, adjacent to it, several ornate troughs containing alpine plants, Derek explained they do not like the Pembrokeshire rain but nevertheless they looked pretty good.
Not noticed last year because of the time and weather conditions is a corner of the garden and patio area definitely devoted to Japan with some Acers standing proud in their pots and a water feature a large rock delivering water from its summit so reminiscent of the mountain we see in pictures of Japan with flowering cherry trees in the foreground.
Derek has obviously been very busy in the garden having now completed the rock garden it is now his conifer bed (see photographs taken by him the finished project and work in progress as we saw last year) top marks Derek it’s fantastic.
Not to be overlooked are Anne’s strawberries growing in a hydroponic bed well protected from the birds and visitors by netting, they were certainly very tempting! She is already harvesting beetroot and is growing a new white variety which, when cut open, reveals red stripes what an inventive gardener she is.
A garden in which I am sure Derek and Anne find much pleasure but certainly a lot of hard work is required but the results are well worth it.
The last word has to go to the Bougainvilleas just in flower but with the cold winds from which we have suffered not perhaps at their best!
Penny Thomas 11th June 2015