Lockdown Gallery – week 8

May 11th to May 17th

Weather: Last week ended in sultry summer sun, but all that has been blown away by a cold north-easterly. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May!

Ann Fritchley opens week eight with some handsome irises

Preston Harrison is back with another great selection

Judith Ladley is next. That Peltaria reminds me – it was lovely to see Gill Evans getting an honourable mention in this month’s Gardening Which for giving a Peltaria to Bob Brown, of Cotswold Garden Flowers (ed)

Kate van Heel is here again!

Pat Hunter has been busy with a Lockdown project

Being sick of Woodpigeons, rabbits and caterpillars eating the veg, and with a bit more time, I started construction. Bought the netting, bought 2 lots of hoops and reused 2 others. Used the sewing machine and made the covers. Brassicas were already sown, radish, beetroot,lettuce, peas and parsnips sown. All looking good. Sorry wildlife lovers, they will have to go elsewhere.

Ann Lowe needs help to identify a new arrival

And here are the latest blossoms in the Hackett garden

And here are the new arrivals in Terry Benton’s garden in Wiltshire

John & Joyce Kenny are next

I’m very pleased to welcome a first contribution to the Gallery from Katherine Hill

Pat Inman is back with some magnificent Euphorbias – and that cracking Hebe that so many seem to love – for good reason

And here’s another fine display from our Chair, Sue Gray (I know she will want me to say ‘Chairman’, but I just can’t do it…)

Kathy’s Quiz: no 5 – Answers

Match the plant to the description

1.  “compact umbels of tiny flowers surrounded by a rosette of showy bracts”  Astrantia 

2. “glossy, elliptic leaves and pendant, tubular or bell-shaped flowers”  Polygonatum 

3. “bell-shaped flowers with spreading, coloured sepals and petals with spurs” Aquilegia

4. “pinnately lobed leaves and saucer-shaped flowers in loose clusters”  Geum

5. “linear to strap-shaped leaves and bell-shaped or star-shaped blue, violet or white flowers”   Hyacinthoides 

6. “star-shaped or bell-shaped flowers in an umbel on a leafless stem”  Allium

7. “small blue, pink or white flowers in profuse axillary or terminal clusters”  Ceanothus

8. “rounded clusters of star-shaped white or pink flowers on tall stems, before the leaves”  Darmera

9. “with small, usually very fragrant tubular, 4-lobed flowers”  Daphne

10. “clump-forming perennials with attractive, rounded, shallowly palmately lobed leaves” Heuchera

Kathy’s Quiz: no 6

Every week during the Lockdown, W Yorks HPS member Kathy Howard will produce a horticultural quiz to keep our minds fresh. The answers (no cheating please!) will be published alongside the following week’s quiz questions.

Click here for answers to Quiz 5

This week’s quiz is based on plants and their uses. Give either the botanical or common English name 

1. Which flower did early Christians place around statues of Mary as an offering, instead of gold coins, and is sold in large quantities in India to make garlands? 

2. Sloe gin is flavoured using fruits from which shrub? 

3. The flowers from which plant are used to flavour the sweets gulab jamun and Turkish delight?

4. Which plant produces ‘digoxin’, used to treat heart conditions? 

5. The candied stalk of which plant is used to decorate cakes and biscuits?

6. Which flower is the scent of Christian Dior’s ‘Diorissimo’ based on, and was also included in, Kate Middleton’s bridal bouquet?

7. The seed heads of which plant were used to ‘raise the nap’ in cloth making?

8. Which highly poisonous plant’s Latin name derives from its past cosmetic use in dilating women’s pupils?

9. Cricket bats are traditionally made using wood from which tree?  

10. Which dye was historically extracted from the plant Ysatis tinctoria?

Lockdown Gallery – week 7

May 4th to May 10th

Weather: The first week of May starts damp, but promises lots more dry sunny weather to bring our plants on. April 2020 was the sunniest on record!

Sue Gray starts us off this week

Preston Harrison has a fine variety of plants – and a handsome stripy lawn

Maggie Sugden is back with some new flowerings

Judith Edmonds is back again with a second contribution

Just one superb contribution from Terry Benton this week

Cirsium rivulare (Cultivated thistle)

Judith Ladley offers another excellent selection

Denise Dyson has managed to buy plants a’plenty

Thought you might like to see the results of an exciting delivery (not Boris’s) of over 100 plants. A great selection of perennials to play with. The supplier lives locally and sells only on Knaresborough market because where his nursery is he is only allowed to deal with trade.

A new view of my Tulip pot…

Tulip pot from the air, still going – ‘Queen of Night’, Estella Rijnveld’, Rembrandt ‘Grand Perfection’