Finch Foundry’s beautiful garden

We held our Dartmoor Senior Leadership Team meeting at Finch Foundry yesterday – I got there early so I could take a few photographs of the garden.

Finch's garden
The garden is very colourful at the moment and is looked after by Catherine, an NT volunteer and her two assistants Sheryl and Mike – they do an excellent job – thank you

Lily
Alstroemeria aura Peruvian Lilly –  I love the markings

Monbretia
A red monbretia

Briza major
The Quaking Grass – Briza major

Tree bumblebee
The garden also attracts lots of insects – here is a tree bumblebee – a species that has only recently arrived in the UK. See here for further details of the arrival of the tree bumblebee

Soldier beetles
A mating pair of the very common soldier beetle Rhagonycha fulva

Rutpela maculataAnd the black and yellow longhorn beetle Rutpela maculata

Finch Foundry is well worth a visit – see a bit of old industrial Devon and a beautiful garden – see here for more details.

3 thoughts on “Finch Foundry’s beautiful garden

  1. I know the orange flowered plant as montbretia – but I think it has another name as well. It grows wild along old railway cuttings – a beautiful plant, bridging the gap between wild and cultivated so well.

  2. Montbretia/crocosmia mostly spreads from underground runners and bulbs. Each plant can produce up to 14 new bulbs annually. These bulbs break off from the parent plant and begin to produce their own root network. This increases the size and density of an infestation. Bulbs can be transported to new locations by dumped garden waste, water and movement of contaminated soil. These non-indigenous plants are taking over the British countryside, out-competing our native flora, pretty but far too invasive and not worth losing our native plants for. The sale of montbretia is banned in many countries for the above reasons.

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