PART 1 OF THIS SERIES, WITH PICTURES OF THE GLASSHOUSES, IS HERE & PART 2, FEATURING THE WALLED GARDEN, IS HERE.
I’m sure I’ve posted about the Merton borders before but they are still my favourite part of the garden. A visit to the botanic garden is not complete without a stroll around these borders.
The Merton borders were planted a few years ago, as an example of a more sustainable way of urban planting. They require no irrigation or fertilisers and the plants can survive during longer dry spells as well as provide plenty of pollen for pollinators. And they are also very beautiful!
I always enjoy the pink echinaceas in these borders. I think they are the kind of flowers that look so interesting from different angles, and it’s fun to get up really close to them for some macro-ish shots. (Although, during this visit, my new lens meant I had to find a different way to try to capture their beauty which was a fun challenge!)
The Merton borders have a kind of messy wild look that never fails to make me smile. On this visit they reminded me a bit of Monet’s impressionistic paintings of his garden at Giverny. They are a jumble of different colours, textures, and scents. Truly, delightful for all the senses. And the bees and butterflies seem to love them; some parts of the borders were positively buzzing!
FLOWERS ARE HAPPY THINGS
— P.G. WODEHOUSE
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little series from the Oxford Botanic Garden. I’m planning to share more places to visit and things to do in Oxford soon. Having lived here for 5 years I definitely have my favourite places to wander, explore, shop and eat. And I think it’d be nice to share some love and gratitude for our hometowns, don’t you agree?