Great Dixter

Field meeting reports
Picture of Garden at Great Dixter

Meeting date: 18 August 2018

(Leaders: Jacqueline Rose, Judy Clark and Ellen Campbell)

We were a group of nine, different members with different expertise. We were pleased that Martin was able to join us again. By now he is used to our slow recording pace! First we went down the track to what was the farm, now a plant nursery. Our route took us through three different habitats – the verge and hedge of the farm track, aquatics and waste ground in and around a small pond, and weeds of cultivation and escapes from the various beds and containers at the nursery. Erigeron annuus ssp. strigosus took some research. There was also an area of rough grassland where the remains of Oenanthe pimpinelloides (Corky-fruited Water-dropwort) was anice surprise among the coarse grasses and weedy species.

After lunch we went to the Horse Pond. There were many planted species, several becoming naturalised: Gunnera, Pontederia cordata (Pickerelweed) and Menyanthes trifoliata (Bogbean). Helen’s grapnel was lost briefly but Rachel, made brave by the prospect of Helen’s wrath, rolled up her trousers and waded after it. The only plant to be grapnelled out of the pond was Ceratophyllum demersum (Rigid Hornwort). Sue and Jacqueline explored the surrounds of the ‘pond area’, which was interesting and surprisingly varied, including a nice show of a flowering Hawkweed, probably Hieracium sabaudum, and some Convallaria majalis (Lily-of-the-valley) in the shade of a tree. Everyone else went to look at the gardens and compost heap for ‘weeds’. Atriplex hortensis var. rubra (Red Orache) was a colourful find on the compost. An enjoyable day – and three lists for Martin, which we hope will help show what interest there is besides the gardens themselves, as well as a few new records for the tetrads.

See also the meeting earlier in the season