Lockdown Gallery – week 19

July 27th to August 2nd

Weather: This very ordinary summer bumbles on. The new week starts wet and cool but warms up towards the weekend

Judith Ladley offers a colourful picture of her garden, but she also volunteers at York Gate, so in a sense that garden is ‘hers’ too!. If you would like to read her report on York Gate’s re-opening, click here

Lovely to have Carine Carson back, as her new garden begins to take shape – “All courtesy of ‘the ELC branch of WYHPS’ (Early Learning Centre!) – my nickname for myself”, says Carine. “Phooey”, say I.

Maggie Sugden says “I love looking at other people’s plants“, but her own are clearly well worth a look, judging from this batch!

Pat Gore says that life seems to just get busier, despite lockdown, but she is determined to keep the pictures coming. Here’s another fine selection.

Preston Harrison always delivers a great variety to the Gallery. This week, his submission includes some very nice Phlox and Veronicastrums

The bees are still busy in Terry Benton’s Wiltshire garden

York Gate: re-opened

by Judith Ladley

York Gate

York Gate garden, our well-known local visitor attraction, is once again open to the public following its winter closure and subsequent enforced shut down due to Covid 19.   A great deal of work has been carried out during the closure, mainly on the adjacent property which is now owned by Perennial.  A larger refreshment area has been added, with indoor and outdoor seating; the plant sales section has been moved and is well stocked with a good selection and visitor parking is now available on site, plus an overflow across the road from York Gate.  The original layout of York Gate remains the same, with the exception of a re-vamp of Sybil’s garden which now holds an interesting selection of exotics.

Currently on-line booking is required as visitor numbers are limited due to social distancing.  There is a one-way route around the garden, well marked with red wooden arrows.  Booking can be accessed from the York Gate Garden website.  The garden and shop open at 11am and close at 4.30pm.  Openings are from Wednesday through to Sunday, with the garden closing on 1st November, but apart from Christmas the café and shop and open all year.

York Gate

Judith Ladley

Lockdown Gallery – week 18

July 20th to July 26th

Weather: High pressure is still trying to bring us summer but hasn’t really got a grip

Maggie Youdan returns to lead the way this week, with some beautiful clematis

Only celebrity weeds are permitted in Sue Gray’s garden

Maggie Sugden has a Penstemon bought as ‘Sour Grapes’ – we’ve also seen P. ‘Stapleford Gem’ recently, which looks very similar. RHS say they are the same thing, but are they? Discuss

And some strange goings-on chez Hackett?

Lockdown Gallery – week 17

July 13th to July 19th

Weather: A middling sort of week. High pressure has taken over, but brings plenty of cloud

Pat Hunter leads the way this week, with flowers from her own garden and also the Breezy Knees garden, near York

A very impressive contribution this week from Preston Harrison, who is clearly not defeated by inclement weather!

Terry Benton suggests that even the species can be spectacular

Maggie Sugden has a stunning Delphinium to show

Last Friday (10th July) Sue Gray opened her garden for a timed, socially distanced, garden visit. Apart from some rain, the day went well and Carine Carson took these pictures on the day

And here are some pictures taken by Sue herself of individual plants in her garden

Another carefully choreographed garden visit took place on Wednesday 14th – to Ruth Baumberg’s garden

Plants and People

by Judith Ladley

Judith’s Tussie Mussie

Some HPS members be may be aware that the Friday Forum Group which meets at Paxton Hall twice a month is currently holding a Zoom meeting in place of our usual entertainment, initiated by our champion blogger  Mrs Linda Casper.   Last week members were asked to show a small bunch (or tussie mussie) comprising 3-5 flowers.   I chose the following (which is where the people enter this article).

Linaria purpurea in 3 shades: pale pink, bluey purple and an attractive cerise specimen, not often seen, originally bought from Maureen Iddon.  Many of you will know Jackie, her daughter, but I wonder whether you remember Maureen – a lovely lady and a great nurserywoman.

Euphorbia stricta an attractive small growing lime green plant with red stems.  This plant was a favourite of Eleanor Fisher, a very knowledgeable plant lady and a super lecturer.

Galactites tomentosa an annual thistle with variegated foliage, originally purchased on my first visit to Beth Chatto’s nursery but I rather think it came from the nursery of Mrs Desmond Underwood (an impressive name from the past).

An Ammi that self-seeded in my greenhouse.

Sadly my arrangement did not appear on the Zoom screen – I couldn’t get the camera to work!

Judith Ladley

Lockdown Gallery – week 16

July 6th to July 12th

Weather: Low pressure still in charge – wet and windy weather continues to batter our gardens

Patricia Gore is back for a second time. She says her garden just keeps going despite the endless rain. Good to hear!

Judith Edmunds has a quiz theme this week – What is the connection between these three? (Don’t panic – it’s easier than Kathy’s quizzes..)

Diane Rawnsley has been looking for labels in the mud – a proper Hardy Planter

Terry Benton has two simple but handsome plants this week

This weather requires a new skill – photographing plants that won’t keep still in the wind. Pond plants are one way round the problem…. so here are some efforts from the Hackett garden

Kathy’s Quiz: no 14

Sadly. this is the last of Kathy’s Lockdown Quizzes. Work, the curse of the gardening classes, has returned to her life, as the lockdown is easing.

The answers to this FINAL quiz are available below

For answers to Quiz THIRTEEN (last week’s), click here

For answers to Quiz FOURTEEN (this week’s), click here

How well do you know your Latin? What do the following Latin adjectives tell you about your plants?

1. Alba

2. Sylvestris

3. Nana

4. Montana

5. Flava

6. Maculatus

7. Canadensis

8. Virens

9. Globosa

10. Alpinus

Kathy’s Quiz: no 14 – Answers

How well do you know your Latin? What do the following Latin adjectives tell you about your plants?

1. Alba: white (in colour)

2. Sylvestris: Woodland (of habitat / origin)

3. Nana: dwarf (form)

4. Montana: of mountains  (of habitat / origin)

5. Flava: yellow  (in colour)

6. Maculatus: spotted (in colour)

7. Canadensis: Canada  (of origin)

8. Virens: green  (in colour)

9. Globosa: rounded (form)

10. Alpinus: alpine  (of habitat / origin)

Kathy’s Quiz: no 13 – Answers

Gardening Tasks – Can you name the task from the definition?

1. DIG: Break up and move earth with a tool or machine, or with hands, paws, snout.

2. SOW: Plant (seed) by scattering it on or in the earth.

3. PROPAGATE: Breed specimens of (a plant or animal) by natural processes from the parent stock.

4. PRUNE: Trim (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to encourage growth.

5. DIVIDE: Separate into parts.

6. STRIM: Cut (grass) with a motorized trimmer.

7. DEADHEAD: Remove faded flowers from (a plant).

8. PROTECT: Keep safe from harm or injury.

9. PLANT: Put into the ground so that it can grow.

10. HARVEST: Collect or obtain (a resource) for future use