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An organic garden with
a long circular walk in North West Devon

Bocombe Mill Cottage, Bocombe,
Near Clovelly, Devon
EX39 5PH

01237 451293

Chris Butler & David Burrows

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Blog Entries for 9/2019
Looking Good 23 September 2019posted: 23/9/2019 at 14:40:19
Just been to one of those appointments that occur more frequently with age – a visit to the GP! And he’s on the verge of retiring too…. We’ve now gardened here at Bocombe for 22 years so many plants are at a good stage in their lives.
Our many Magnolias have reached an age when they’re all flowering in the Spring, through to Magnolia grandiflora in the summer months. Some of the borders we planted all those years ago are so full they’re in need of refurbishment, as they overflow with flowers and foliage, now fighting one with another.
Catch a mature garden in a Devon landscape an age old!

Looking Good 16 September 2019posted: 15/9/2019 at 07:58:21
As mentioned last week, this wonderful Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odorata) “Cupani” is a charming plant for almost any garden. It’s been flowering continuously on our House Terrace since May. No formal poles here. Our Cupani climbs and tumbles at will over a short Cotoneaster franchetii hedge growing in front of the low stone wall of our East Conservatory. It’s now peaking at 3 feet high atop the orange flowers of Hedychium densiflorum (Ginger Lily).

Looking Good 9 September 2019posted: 8/9/2019 at 09:22:05
What’s been Looking Good since May…..? Flowers continuously….? Has a delightful scent…? And blooms can be picked for a vase without affecting the plant….?
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odorata) “Cupani”

The plant was brought to the UK around 1699 by a monk, Brother Cupani. It has charming crimson / purple bicoloured flowers that are highly fragranced. Grow some next year!

Looking Good 2 September 2019posted: 3/9/2019 at 10:19:32
A new metrological season started yesterday… Autumn. The time of year for new colours to unfold in the leaves of trees (plus shrubs & herbaceous perennials). To the rear of our shrubbery we have a spreading Persian Ironwood tree (Parrotia persica) and 10 Amalanchia canadensis trees. Both grow on wet ground (despite the advice yet again from the RHS that the soil needs to be well drained) and both colour well in autumn. Just two of the over 80 different exotic species of trees grown at Bocombe.

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