Garden Visit: Frythe Barn, Stradbroke, Eye

Written by Ann McCord. Posted in Events Past


Pictures by Colin Pusey

18th June 2016

It was a cold gloomy Saturday when members arrived at Frythe Barn, Stradbroke to be met by Mrs Carol Darling who showed us around the 2-acre garden and described its transformation in 9 years from a series of brick and concrete buildings to the interesting garden it is today.  We wandered through the living Willow Tunnel to the spinney which had several bee hives and appropriately, flowering bee orchids which are now naturalizing around the garden.  Continuing past the bog garden, we arrived onto the main lawn where there were colourful mixed borders and several grass beds, the latter with Stipa gigantea, Stipa tenuissima, Miscanthus, Festucas and Pennisetums among the plantings.  The main feature on the lawn was the large pond with waterlilies, fed by an artificial stream, and with colourful planting on the banks – outstanding were the pink flowers of Butonus umbellatus and the apricot heads of a candelabra Primula.  This was a very enjoyable garden with lots of interest and the equally enjoyable was the excellent tea and cakes provided by Mrs Darling.

Anne McCord


Garden Visit: Lake House, Brundall

Written by Chris Davies. Posted in Events Past

IMG 0434!4th May 2016

Janet Muter, our welcoming host, gave us a brief introduction to the earlier history of the site and garden, including the other Brundall Gardens and a description of her own work to resurrect her garden, noting how the borders of the ponds were not easily detectable at first.

The house is almost at the top of the site and looks down across the three ponds to the lake, with waterfalls and a huge fountain. The soil suits rhododendrons and has a beautiful framework of a variety of mature trees, including several coloured beeches and a cut-leaved beech. ( There was one tree not quite in leaf that wasn't identified, so it will be interesting to see if it's in the Newsletter write- up!) There were huge Zantedeschia aetheopica coming into flower, beautiful candelabra primulas, ferns unfurling and a number of shrubs and perennials in bloom, from tiny creeping toadflax, lovely blue Lithodora, many geraniums, through rhododendrons and azaleas just about to open. The path to the lake was intermittently bordered by bluebells. Janet aims to have plants worth seeing throughout the year. At the lake was a shingle beach with a picturesque, but probably essential, little boat. A small flock of Canada Geese left the scene when some of our members arrived.Janet had said she was keen to maintain a garden providing habitats for wildlife

On our return to the terrace we were provided with tea and biscuits, care of Janet's daughter, and the offer of discounted copies of Janet's book, called 'Rescue of a Garden' published in 2015.

Chris Davies

All Future Garden Visits

Written by Colin Pusey. Posted in News

Could all members that intend to come on our future garden visits please let our Chairman Chris Davies know in good time either by phone or Email so that we can plan tea & cake etc many thanks.