Records all round this year

Garden News (UK) - - Over The Fence - Ge­off Stonebanks

A sea­side gar­den in East Sus­sex that opens for char­ity, fea­tur­ing sculp­ture and re­claimed ob­jects.

This au­tumn has been the best ever in terms of ap­ple crops on both the trees we have. The ‘Cox’s Orange Pip­pin’, just four years old, has re­ally gone mad, with many beau­ti­ful fruits ready for pick­ing. I’m go­ing to have to start har­vest­ing and stor­ing them.

There seems to have been a bumper crop, too, on the Fuch­sia ar­borescens. This ten­der, ever­green shrub, with pan­i­cles of very small flow­ers that are rose or rose-pur­ple, fol­lowed by dark pur­ple fruit, seems to grow well here, but I do keep it un­der cover through the win­ter. They’re

ide­ally grown in a con­ser­va­tory or cool green­house, or brought in­side for the win­ter.

This year the Shasta daisies, one of my favourite flow­ers, seem to have been flow­er­ing for longer. They’re still look­ing quite good by the path in the cen­tre of the gar­den.

Out in the beach gar­den at the front of the house, the Coronilla

glauca ‘Cit­rina’ is light­ing up the gar­den with an abun­dance of lemon-yel­low, pea-like blooms that just keep com­ing. It’s flow­ered once al­ready this year and is now in full bloom again, mak­ing it a hard-work­ing ad­di­tion to the gar­den. It’s very hardy and shows off its sweets­cented blooms against un­usual blue-green fo­liage.

It’s also a ver­sa­tile shrub, per­form­ing par­tic­u­larly well in ex­posed lo­ca­tions and coastal ar­eas such as Seaford. A com­pact, rounded habit makes this tough lit­tle per­former ideal for pa­tio con­tain­ers, too, although all mine are in the ground.

An­other shrub do­ing re­ally well at the mo­ment is the Fuch­sia

mag­el­lan­ica ‘Ver­si­color’ that’s also in the front gar­den, in a very ex­posed place. It’s a de­cid­u­ous shrub with small, grey-green leaves, vari­ably margined with cream and flushed-pink when young; flow­ers are slen­der, with red tube and sepals, and pur­ple petals. It does look in­cred­i­ble with hun­dreds of blooms on it.

We’ve had our best ever year for fundrais­ing, top­ping an amaz­ing £18,400. Dur­ing the re­cent Art­wave Fes­ti­val we had over 1,000 vis­i­tors, too, and the lucky 1,000th, Ca­role Sykes, got to choose art to the value of £50.

Read more about the gar­den at www.drift­wood­by­

The view of the back is still tremen­dous at this time of year

Ca­role Sykes was our lucky 1,000th vis­i­tor!

Left, ap­ples aplenty, and right, Coronilla glauca on its sec­ond flow­er­ing

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