A Bishop’s Garden Revisited

First of all, Happy August everyone! July was a long slow haze of sunshine, turning into a blazing heatwave mid-month. But the last few days have brought rain showers, cooler temperatures, and a very welcome breeze.

At the beginning of July, which now seems ages ago, I was able to revisit a “botanical” garden I posted about last July; The Bastion Garden.


Some of you may remember the four-part series I did last year on the Bishop’s Garden here in southern Germany. (See Part One here)


The garden is looking more and more established, and very well cared for. Most plants are allowed to go to seed, so since I came a little later than last year it looked slightly untidy! This is not your normal botanical garden, nor a garden like those of large stately homes in the UK, but is a special place for those interested in the plants themselves, and not effects or design.


At a first glance it seems so small, but it’s amazing what is packed in there. Some of the trees in the beds are rarely seen in our climate… they are well wrapped up in winter (or taken indoors in pots), but they are also in an extremely sheltered position, despite being up on a hill. Below is a Pomegranate, Punica granatum


And here is the Melia azedarach, which was just going over. What a lovely scent!


Most of the plants and trees are labelled…


.. but some of the labels are missing or hard to find. If anyone knows the name of this poppy, or has grown one, please let me know! Isn’t it a beauty?

(Click on the photo to get a closer look)


I loved these colourful cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus)…


… inspiration for future gardening years! The fresh green foliage of this Adonis annua reminds me of Chamomile, and is in fact sometimes called Red Chamomile, or Blood Drops…


Orlaya grandiflora (French Cow Parsley), an endangered wild flower in Germany, with its prickly seed heads…


And these are a red version of a yellow weed growing in my garden, called “Spargelbohne” in German, or Asparagus Pea in English.

Tetragonolobus purpureus

I shall now have to hunt for some seeds for next year… 😉

Have you ever seen any of these plants in your part of the world? And where do you go for your gardening inspiration?

45 thoughts on “A Bishop’s Garden Revisited

    • I’m glad I can show some plants unknown in other parts of the world, Donna. I think I take some flowers for granted as they are all around us!

  1. I can see why you enjoyed this beautiful garden. I’m impressed to hear that some of the trees are actually brought indoors in the winter! That’s real dedication. Pomegranate trees are very plentiful here, but the other flowers are not familiar to me. I particularly like the Cornflowers! I have several gardens that inspire me, but one of my favorites is at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The beautiful art museum also has a fabulous garden. I’ve been intending to go again…you’ve given me the idea that I need to go and take my camera. 🙂

    • That would make a lovely post Debra! It’s always interesting to see plants that are new to me, and a garden in an art museum must be something special. Hope you get to visit there soon! 😀

  2. I do remember your last years visit. If i come to southern Germany I´d like to visit the garden too. This year we have a huge Gardenshow near Hamburg (IGA). I prefer a smaler Garden, called Arboretum Ellerhoop with many specials, like a pond with Lotus/Nelumbo-flowers in August

    • Small gardens seem more peaceful – like this one I visited. Plenty of people were walking around, but they were all deeply engrossed in the plants and it was a pleasant and quiet atmosphere.

  3. That looks a lovely garden with some very unusual flowers. The poppy is Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy which I have in my garden. I have never planted the double frilly pink one, it just turned up along with a shaggy red one, a white one and a mauve one!

    • Thank you Pauline! I was wondering if you might know, as you have such a wonderful array of poppies. I shall hunt out some seed now and sow some for next spring’s planting! 😀

  4. I love the idea of a garden that is especially for the plants, I also really like the labelling, its frowned upon by some over here, but the older I get the more time I spend when visiting other gardens trying to remember every name correctly. Without the name I do not feel fully engaged with the plant. Lovely photos too, I would like to visit sometime.

    • I love labelling too…. I like the sounds of the botanical names, and they often reveal something of the plant’s habitat or origin. I know what you mean about feeling “engaged” too. Like with people – you have to know their names when you befriend them!

  5. Looks like a lovely place to spend an afternoon in summer. It’s great to be able to revisit gardens and see how they change from year to year… especially when the garden has an interesting collection of plants.

  6. Great re-cap to show how it has filled in! Glad you had a nice time and our weather has been a little better too

  7. An interesting walk through “Bishop´s Garden”! I especially like the colourful cornflowers and Adonis annua. This poppy flower is beautiful. I´ve had some similar poppy plants this and last year, the same wonderful pink colour, but not filled. I know it under the name “Türkischer Mohn”.

    • Hello Elisabeth! I think the poppy in this picture is a “Schlafmohn”, as Pauline says above. I am trying to find seeds online but this one is hard to find from a German supplier! Have a good weekend!

      • Yes, Cathy, you are right! The pictures of “Schlafmohn” I just have seen in Wikipedia look just as my flowers. I´ve seedheads of these unfilled poppies. Do you want some?
        Have a nice Sunday, too!

  8. Even though you say this garden is for plant lovers, not for design, I think its design is just beautiful. I love how they have the beds edged to give it a tidy look. However, this does looks like a great place for inspiration – especially since most of their plants are labeled. Of course, it always seems that we fall for the ones that are missing a label! That poppy is just gorgeous.

    • Hi Holley. Yes, the box edges make it look cared for. I think the style of the layout is perfect for displaying the plants as intended, and any plant lover would adore this garden for its simplicity! Thanks for stopping by. 😀

  9. Cathy, would you like some seed of the poppy from my garden? I can’t guarantee that they will come double pink, they might be shaggy red or single mauve, but if I save a few seedheads, you might be lucky. Let me know if you would like me to save you some as they are almost ready.

    • Oh Pauline, that would be wonderful! If you do have some left over I would love some seed! I spent over an hour looking on the internet today and its just not available in Germany. Thompson and Morgan has it, but don’t deliver abroad, and their German site doesn’t sell it! I’ll mail you my address, and if there is any way I can return the favour please let me know!

    • They might take them in over winter, as they were planted in enormous pots. There is a large building in the side of the hill where they don’t have much light but the great doors can be opened wide, so they are probably put in there with the oleanders, olives etc.

  10. What a gorgeous garden! Looking at it reminds me of France. Beautiful selection of plants you’ve picked out there too – very unusual poppies! Nice you’re going to have some sent to you by a reader!! I can tell you’ve been quite inspired by your visit to the garden and I love that because that’s how I feel when I visit gardens too 🙂 p.s. pomegranates are great 🙂 !!

    • I love looking at gardens everywhere, but especially local ones as I can see what does well in our soil and climate! I can see I’ll have to hunt out a pomegranate to try! 😉

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