The Pond Border opposite the cottage is dominated in summer by the large green leaves of the Gunnera. It's hard to believe that the pieces of this giant perennial started life all fitting into one normal sized bucket. I found them growing in the water race, and transplanted them.
Pond Cottage and Gunnera
After a few underwhelming summers, I've been busy moving new crowns closer to the water's edge, so the roots won't dry out. Gunnera may be dramatic tropical-looking plants, but they definitely need to grow in a temperate climate, and need to be by water.
Much Older Photographs...
The pictures below were taken a long, long time ago, when the garden was newly planted, before the surrounding trees grew fat and wide and pinched all the summer sunshine.
gunnera - summer 2003
There is no room now for the small red flax or the yellow flowering Coreopsis originally by the border's edge.
Gunnera - Summer 1999