A busman's holiday

Last Friday we took time out to visit two other NGS gardens in the county. Both were superb and very different in style from our own. Aderyn y Mor in Pembroke Dock has an impressive cliff-side garden overlooking the Cleddau estuary with masses of perrennials, annuals and shrubs clinging to the well-constructed terraces on the steep slope. Particularly good are the linked ponds. From there it was a short drive to Mead Lodge also in Pembroke Dock where the garden had a rural setting amidst mature trees on a south-facing slope also overlooking a branch of the estuary. We especially enjoyed the well-laid-out perennial and annual beds set into the lawns and the wonderful specimens in the small arboretum. The garden also boasts a magnificent pond. We even managed to pick up a couple of plants new to us. A very enjoyable trip! Both gardens are well worth a visit.

At home our visitor numbers are growing steadily despite some recent inclement weather. On a NATURE NOTE we have come across two rather large toads in the garden this week one of which had reached the back patio. We are also confident that this year whitethroat warblers nested in the bramble patch in the wild part of the garden. Earlier in the year a pair of cuckoos were spotted flying over the garden.

Red Flower Sue Clark | Golwg yr Ynys | Carnhedryn | Solva | Haverfordwest | SA62 6XT