Parham House and Garden – Glasshouse

At the beginning of July we bought a season ticket for Parham Garden we only have one more visit and it’s paid for itself, then we can continue to visit for free!


We went again yesterday and having written several blog posts about  Parham I decided to go with a specific theme for this post.

Initially I was going to photograph unusual plants or plants that we may not use in a smaller garden due to their size.   The one above is an Eupatorium  which can grow to almost 7ft, far too big and overpowering for my small garden.


However, after walking into the glasshouse full to bursting with Pelargoniums, Plectranthus, Begonias and Heliotrope, a virtual bee heaven, I decided to concentrate on this part of the garden.  The temperature inside here was comfortable, and not that sticky humid heat you often meet in a greenhouse.   I did look up if there was any difference between a greenhouse and a glasshouse and apparently the only difference is in the name.


There was an interesting scent wafting about which, like a bloodhound, made me sniff around to locate where it was coming from.   I honed in eventually to the flower above.  We hunted under the leaves to see if there was a label but with no luck.  Maybe you can name it.image

This interesting, unusual plant is Brilliantasia Owariensis.  We continued in our dig around for the hope that some plants were labelled and luckily this one was.   I Googled it for a bit more information and was puzzled when searching using the full name only Spanish pages came up,  but when changing the search criteria, dropping the Owariensis part, lots of information on Brilliantasia Subulugurica, a plant from Zimbabwe, came up. It certainly was different.


Another pretty bluish/purple flower is Tibouchina urvilleana from Brazil.  This was the only glasshouse plant we could find for sale in the plant nursery.  That is how we know what it was called.


There are many fascinating fuchsias, one in particular is the above Fuchsia Boliviana ‘Alba’ from Peru.

This bright red flower is Begonia Fuchsioides it was such a bright red that the camera on my iPhone, usually great for photos, only managed to produce a slightly blurred pic.


As I leave the glasshouse, this is a photograph from the other end, with a very pretty salmon pink fuchsia in the foreground.


I couldn’t resist the temptation to continuing taking photographs after we left the glasshouse.   Rather than stray away from the sole purpose of blogging about the glasshouse, I am ending with just one pic of the garden.   The array of sunflowers was a sight to behold, from little bright yellow ones to the tallest bronze flowers you could hope to see.

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holidays until the end of September. In October Parham is open on Sundays only.

House | 14:00 – 17:00
Gardens | 12:00 – 17:00
Big Kitchen Restaurant | 12:00 – 17:00
Last Admission | 16:30

Parham Plant & Garden Shop is open to visitors free of charge from 10:30am – 12noon on standard open days (excluding event days) and from 12noon to 5pm for paying Garden visitors.

The next event at Parham is the HARVEST FAIR on 24th and 25th September from 10:30 to 17:00

Live cookery demonstrations, deer walks, gun dog displays, fungi talks, working horse cart rides in the Parkland, falconry displays, Tudor cooking demonstrations and Tudor dancing in the House. Wide array of stalls selling food, drink and country wares.

Sunshine and Showers at Parham’s Garden Weekend

This year was the 19th annual garden weekend at Parham House and Garden near Pulborough in West Sussex.  I went along this morning, Sunday, on the second day with my two pals, Kate and Shan.   We arrived with boots and waterproofs, ready for whatever the weather was going to throw at us.    When the sun broke through the clouds, on occasions, it was really quite warm so our coats were on and off like yoyos.

We arrived at 10:30, when it opened, and were marshalled to the car park in a field at the top of the hill presumably with the hope cars would be less likely to get bogged down, although it was very muddy and slippery.

There were over 50 specialist nurseries and horticultural business, with a great choice of plants to buy.

I think because of the unpredictable weather and the fact that today was also the British Grand Prix and the Men’s final at Wimbledon, there were not the crowds of people that Kate and Shan had seen in previous years.    It did mean that we had plenty of room to wander around the stalls, earmark plants we would like to buy and discover new and interesting plants.   We particularly liked the Thalictrum Delavayi, a pretty tall herbaceous perennial and very ornamental.

There were a lot of Heucheras on all the stalls.   Some of the names of the Heuchera were delightful, such as Marmalade,  Berry Smoothie, Gypsy Dancer and Ginger Ale.   I didn’t buy any Heuchera, but wish now I had done.   Perhaps I will take a review of the garden at the end of the summer and plan a special bed for a display of various coloured Heuchera.

Kate and Shan each bought a small Albizia Julibrissen, known as a Silk Tree.  I had never seen one before and not only does it have a pretty, unusual flower, the leaves close up at night time.

One of the many interesting stalls was that of Plant Heritage formerly known as the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG).  There was a display of Ginger Plants Hedychium.  Although they smell like ginger and the rhizomes look like root ginger they are not used for culinary purposes.

Mindful of the time, and that we wanted to be back by 2:00 p.m. for the Wimbledon Men’s Final, we couldn’t leave Parham without a quick look at the garden.   It is a garden that needs time to wander and I will certainly re-visit it again very soon.   What struck us was how very lush the borders looked, usually at this time of the year they are beginning to look a little dry and in need of watering.

Just as we were heading back to the car the skies just opened and it hammered down, bouncing off the pavements and lying in puddles on the grass.

What did I buy?   There was only one stall that was selling a plant on my ‘Must Have’ list  and that is Cerinthe.   I also bought a Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and Penstemon ‘Garnet’.

Now all I need is for a break in the showers and time to chose the ideal location as a new home for my purchases.

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