WATER GARDEN - HAMPSTEAD HEATH - 2016***

Hampstead
Heath
2017
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The Water Garden looks a bit unkempt, but that is at the heart of its very nature! 




The park was started in 1994 and has no real formal design, rather it was put together by the gardeners of The Heath.

The pond is natural and is part of the chain of ponds that traverse The Heath.

The South American plant  gunnera, distinctive because of its huge leaves, grows rapidly and wildly. It doesn't flower.

This tropical plant survives in the cold winter climes of southern England.

The leaves of the gunnera grow to such a size that the plant cannot take the strain, the leaves collapse and cover the plant and thus protect it from the frost of winter.

To give the plants a fighting chance of survival, the gardeners also wrap the plants in bracken during the winter months to give them that extra layer of protection.

The Garden is also home to a variety of species of mint, reeds and tropical grasses.

The water garden is in constant danger from the bamboo which was planted to give it that prehistoric feel. The bamboo has started to choke the other grasses and is even attacking the tarmac pavement.

The gardeners are in the process of removing it.

The Water Garden looks a bit unkempt, but that is at the heart of its very nature!.

The park was started in 1994 and has no real formal design, rather it was put together by the gardeners of The Heath.

The pond is natural and is part of the chain of ponds that traverse The Heath.

The South American plant  gunnera, distinctive because of its huge leaves, grows rapidly and wildly.

It doesn't flower.

This tropical plant survives in the cold winter climes of southern England.

The leaves of the gunnera grow to such a size that the plant cannot take the strain.

The leaves collapse and cover the plant and thus protect it from the frost of winter.

To give the plants a fighting chance of survival, the gardeners also wrap the plants in bracken during the winter months to give them that extra layer of protection.

The Garden is also home to a variety of species of mint, reeds and tropical grasses.

The water garden is in constant danger from the bamboo which was planted to give it that prehistoric feel.

The bamboo has started to choke the other grasses and is even attacking the tarmac pavement.
The gardeners are in the process of removing it.

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