Nature is just magical isn’t it? Nothing seems to prevent it from rejuvenating itself no matter what is thrown at it, including flame throwers… read on, all will be explained!
Last September I visited Sussex Prairies, an awesome 6 acre expanse of naturally planted perennials such as Rudbeckia, Helenium and Echinacea and an enormous variety of tall grasses. The muted colours mixed with the swaying grasses is a breathtaking sight.
Where do flame throwers come into all of this? Every year, in January, the garden is burned down to the ground, all the grasses and the dried seed heads of the plants that have been left on over the Winter are attacked with flame throwers. Then, a miracle happens – it all grows back.
The garden is not open to the public until 1st June, but Pauline McBride, was kind enough to allow me to visit and take photos of how the garden is looking at the moment, I even had tea and homemade biscuits. Pauline, and her husband Paul, planted Sussex Prairies in 2008, and now take on horticultural interns to help them with the running of the Prairies – even a natural garden requires lots of work.
It was amazing to see the size of the garden, which is something you can’t do when everything has grown to its full height. When in its full glory you can wander around all the beds and see something different down the paths that feed you around the garden.