June 1st to June 7th
Weather: The week kicks off with warm sunny days, but then turns cooler as the wind veers to the north
I think this is a first time in the Gallery for our Lockdown quiz setter, Kathy Howard
Astrantia ‘Dove Cottage Darkest’ – A new hybrid obtained from a visit to Dove Cottage last week after post-Lockdown reopening Astrantia ‘Dove Cottage Darkest’ – close up of the flowers Astrantia ‘Dark Desires’ – probably! Given by a neighbour Cirsium rivulare ‘Trevor’s Blue Wonder’ – not blue but bluer than the type Cirsium rivulare ‘Trevor’s Blue Wonder’
Pat Hunter is back with some gorgeous blooms – including a meconopsis. She also has a naming question for you
Iris sibirica ‘Summer Sky’ with Meconopsis Weigela ‘Looymansii Aurea’ with Iris sibirica Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Axminster Gold’ Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’ Papaver ‘Beauty of Livermere’ with Sambucus nigra Iris ‘Broadleigh Peacock’ Clematis ‘Souvenir du Capitaine Thuilleaux’ with Ceanothus ‘El Dorado’ Vigorous rambler. Can you name it for me? Close up of the vigorous rambler
Maggie Youdan’s roses are looking good
Rosa ‘Mermaid’. First flower of the season. Bees love it Rosa glauca – so delicate with the added bonus of hips in the autumn Rosa ‘Pink Perpetue’ – Sadly prone to black spot Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’. Flowers all summer long Celmisia spectabilis. Sits by my pond and comes back year after year
Preston Harrison offers some fine views of his garden, as well as flourishing flowers
Preston’s garden 1 Preston’s garden 2 Preston’s garden 3 Clematis ‘Daniel Deronda’ Cornus kousa ‘China Girl’ Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’ providing the background for the poppies Geranium clarkei ‘Kashmir White’ Geranium clarkei ‘Kashmir White’ close up Geranium psilostemon Silene fimbriata Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ Geranium bought some years ago as ‘Bluebird’ – probably now called something else since that name has disappeared!
The strawberry season has started early for Terry Benton in Wiltshire
Clematis ‘Corinne’ First strawberry of the season Chives Linaria purpurea Sisyrinchium striatum
Denise Dyson offers some sun-soaked views from her garden
Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’ – named after Gertrude Jekyll’s garden in Surrey Rosa ‘Mary Rose’ Geranium ‘Khan’ with Helianthemum ‘Wisley Primrose’ White papaver, not sure of variety (Could it be ‘Royal Wedding’? ed.) A shady corner
Good to have Diane Rawnsley back. Hope those chickens are keeping on top of the slugs…
Candelabra primulas along the stream Fatsia japonica ‘Annelise’ Iris ‘Holden Clough’ given to me by Brenda Evans and its appearing everywhere! Beautiful nonetheless.. Iris sibirica ‘Dear Dianne’ More streamside planting One of our hens with her 2 chicks Perscaria bistorta Smilacina racemosa. I can never remember its new name (Maianthemum recemosum ed.) Trochodendron – which has no other family members Unknown rhododendron
Here’s another look at the Hackett’s garden
Phyteuma spicatum. We were given this by Peter Foley formerly of Holden Clough Nursery. We were visiting his garden in pouring rain during a Shade and Woodland Group outing in 2017 to the Forest of Bowland. We asked what it was and he dug one up for us – still going strong. Geranium nodosum ‘Whiteleaf’. Nice little geranium with glossy leaves, it grows in cracks between paving stones Geranium oxonianum f. thurstonianum. One of our favourite geraniums – flowers all summer long. Shame about the name. Geranium pratense ‘Splish-splash’ Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus. My favourite Day Lily – sweetly scented. Papaver orientale. Glorious but clashing with everything else in the front garden. Planning to export them to next door’s garden so that we can still see them, then plant something else in the huge space they take up! Paradisea lusitanica. Grown from HPS seed and finally flowering after many years of waiting! Rosa ‘Kathleen Harrop’. Many people will know the thornless rose ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ – this is a paler sport from it, also thornless, and easier to pronounce. Rosa ‘White Wings’. This is a Hybrid Tea though it doesn’t look like one. Huge flowers and a good long season Sarracenia ‘Wack’s White Form’. Bought from Wack’s Wicked Plants at our AGM this year. He was planning to call it Bielsa after the Leeds United manager if they gain promotion this year (in case you have forgotten, this is about football) Thalictrum ex ‘Black Stockings’ – grown from HPS seed. A cruel submission, given Sue Gray’s loss (see Plant of the Month for details!)
Maggie Sugden offers a colourful collection
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Lois Kelsey’ – bought from Billy’s plants Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’ Iris from Ellen Hall’s garden. Ellen was a member of the group, sadly no longer with us.
And finally, Friday Forum member Carol Abbott is an NGS member, who cannot open this year, but is still selling plants for NGS and charity.
If you would like to buy a plant, pop along to The Orchard, 4A Blackwood Rise, LS16 7BG – any Friday or Saturday in June 11am – 4pm.Please park on Tinshill Lane and walk up to the house. Cash only as other methods are not available. Please adhere to social distancing measures.Tel: 01132676764.