Went to the David Hall in October to see Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra. A really tight performance. I’ve not known them to be otherwise of course. This is the first time I’ve seen them performing old style around a single microphone. It was nice chatting to them between sets and after the encores. It helps of course when you’re accompanied by an aunt and cousin of one of the band.
The Walled Gardens of Cannington lie within the grounds of a medieval priory. The gardens had undergone extensive redevelopment when officially opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward. The Gardens, located near Bridgwater, provide a superb facility for students at Bridgwater College. As you walk around look out for the ‘hot’ Herbaceous Border; the Blue Garden; the Sub-Tropical Walk; and a Victorian style fernery.
From the formal gardens adjacent to the house to the woodland above there are flowers for all at Killerton. This 18th century property has a remarkable collection of non-native trees. The slope behind the house has been carefully planted with exotic tree species. Their shade is perfect to shelter the Azaleas and Rhododendrons below on the ground. My favourites are the scented Azaleas in spring.
The handkerchief or dove tree is originally from south west China. Best known for the unusual flowers. The tree was introduced to Europe in 1904. It is likely that this is the variety which is more commonly grown.