Chestnut Trees and a Fence

This may seem a strange title for a post but I had decided to write a post about my favourite flowering tree, the Horse Chestnut but then I came across a beautiful rustic ancient fence made from the wood of a chestnut tree.

Our native chestnuts come with two flower colours white or red. The white is more common and flowers a little earlier than the red.

The first photo shows chestnuts in parkland around the gardens of Cerney House.

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The white flowers look particularly good against a blue sky on an early summer’s day. It shows up the pastel shades in the centre, yellow and orange.

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The red, or perhaps pink may be a better description, coloured flowers are very dramatic. We found this specimen along the driveway to Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery in Cheshire.

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In our own garden we grow a miniature chestnut.

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It is small enough to grow in a mixed border where its flowers can mix in with Alliums and the last of the Tulips and its leaves contrast strongly with the grass stems we grow alongside it.

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You can see from the photos that it looks a very different colour depending whether you are looking at it into the sun or with the sun behind you. It also boasts beautifully textured ribbed leaves. The bees love the flowers!

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At Croome Park we came across the most beautiful fence, created from the wood of chestnuts. The wood of chestnuts lasts for centuries without any care gradually taking on the most delicate silvery grey colour.

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On a recent visit to a woodland garden in Powis we came across this little shrub tucked away in the shade of tall trees. We guessed it was another Chestnut. It had beautiful leaves with dark central veining. Can anyone shed light on this?

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Our native chestnuts are essential elements of our hedgerows but have recently been under threat from a disease that turns their leaves prematurely yellow and then drop early. They seem to be fighting back so fingers crossed. Our countryside wouldn’t be the same without them.

About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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4 Responses to Chestnut Trees and a Fence

  1. We have two huge horse chestnut trees on the property. One is in pretty good condition and the other one should be taken down because I’m not sure how it is still standing. But, it has the will to live and who are we to chop it down. 🙂 Here’s hoping your trees survive the challenges of nature.

  2. I think the flowers of the horse chestnut tree are so beautiful, though the tree itself does add such a wonderful physical presence in your landscape. It is such a great addition to any landscape that has that kind of space.

  3. bittster says:

    The on in your garden is very nice. Will it always stay close to that size or will it eventually form a small tree?
    We call them horse chestnuts here and call Castanea a chestnut. Oddly enough it’s also got some of the best, rot resistant lumber around, but as you probably know has been nearly completely wiped out by blight

    • The one in our garden will get to about 8 feet after 10 years. With a bit of pruning to lift its skirts from time to time it should look great.

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