|Early morning light on Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Orangefields', with Monarda behind.|
Hunting Brook has featured in many of the 'glossies' over the years and the spreads are framed on the walls. Perusing them immediately highlights the most important fact about this garden: it is experimental and ever-changing. It is different every year as Jimi investigates other options and combinations, aiming for different effects with his plant material, old and new. Few people are as assiduous in trawling in the nurseries of these islands! The result is therefore an always fresh, always inspiring garden: Jimi's view is that the maximum lifespan of a planted bed is four years.
Airiness and elegance are two key words here: although the palette of perennials and grasses is similar to that used by many designers, there is never any feeling of blockish painting by numbers, and one knows that there is plenty of seasonal change here too. This is a very serious plantsman's garden after all, and diversity is important, but it is achieved with harmony throughout.
|A green and yellow area near the house showing the skilful paring of shades and textures of flowering plants and foliage: Primula florindae in the foreground, with Ligularia 'Britt-Marie Crawford' behind.|
|Glimpses of the landscape beyond: the slight feyness of Hunting Brook accords with its upland location.|
|A steep-sided valley runs through the property, carved by the Hunting Brook. with a canopy of a larch plantation above, it is a perfect place to grow ferns, both wild and cultivated, and is being transformed into green lushness.|
|The site includes this Bronze Age ring fort and a standing stone in the adjacent meadow.|
|The golden gleam of early morning.|
|Filipendula purpurea 'Elegans' is used in large drifts and becomes incandescent in the low morning light.|
|Even the native and usually rather weedy Wall Barley, Hordeum murinum, sems to grow in just the right place to catch the light.|