.....it is warm and beautiful here. I grow bananas, oranges, and pomegranates out in the garden, and have 3,000 palm trees planted in my woods and garden"
Otto Overbeck writing to a friend in 1933
Perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe in south Devon, and enjoying spectacular coastline views, Overbeck's is a hidden paradise of subtropical plants.
The weather, however, was definitely not subtropical - it was a wet morning, which luckily cleared up as we arrived, but remained dull with barely a peep from the sun through the clouds
fledglings leave their nest
Banana grove just coming into leaf seen outside through the windows in the Garden Room
Rododendron 'Lady Alice Fitzwilliam' fills the air with a spicey nutmeg fragrance
These Beschorneria yuccoides - Mexican lilies, look as if they might lurch out and grab you as you pass!!!
Acacia verticillata - Prickly Moses, native to Australia and Tasmania - the normally fluffy lemon flowers drenched in rain
Euphorbia characias wulfenii
Be gentle, and the friendly garden Robins might even feed out of your hand!