August 3rd to August 9th
Weather: Another cool start, slowly giving way to some quite hot weather – a repeat of last week!
Saturday’s planned visit to gardens in Kirklees was scuppered by a sudden government lockdown on that area, which specifically forbade meeting in other people’s gardens. To show us what we missed, Joyce Kenny and Ann Lowe have sent some pictures of their gardens, so all their hard titivation toil wasn’t completely wasted! Joyce goes first
Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ – a good doer! Clematis ‘Alba Luxurians’ with the last of the Dierama pulcherrimum Shady bed with well established Acer Lysimachia ephemerum Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ and Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’ Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ actually managing to keep her head off the ground Galega and Inula Cosmos and Artemisia lactiflora Guizhou Group Cercidiphyllum japonicum – new Catananche with Persicaria behind Another lockdown project! Actaea simplex ‘Black Negligee’ with Impatiens omeiana in background Achillea ptarmica ‘The Pearl’, a little thug but I like it A hydrangea that John rescued from a skip Another hydrangea that John rescued from the skip The 12.25 to Huddersfield!
And here are some views of Ann Lowe’s garden, near Honley
Ann’s Garden 1 Ann’s Garden 2 Ann’s Garden 3 Ann’s Garden 4 Ann’s Garden 5 Ann’s Garden 6
Lovely to welcome Frances King to the Lockdown Gallery for the very first time!
A pleasing combination of Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’, Cosmos and Thalictrum Thank goodness for Sarah Raven plugs, ordered before Lockdown! Rosa ‘Phyllis Bide’ Phlox paniculata ‘Uspekh’ and Rosa ‘Warm Wishes’ Patrinia, bought from the Autumn auction, a Hollyhock and an unknown Crocosmia Lysimachia clethroides
A welcome return to the Gallery for Judith Edmonds with some Hemerocallis
Yellow Hemerocallis ‘Doubloon’ This two tone Hemerocallis is my favourite, – label long gone, no idea what it’s called Hemerocallis ‘Lullaby Baby’ – bought on the IOW holiday, so first time it’s flowered for me Hydrangea “Salsa”, an HPS auction plant. Carol Klein mentioned it on Gardeners’ World a week ago. The dark leaves are beautiful. The fern is a Polystichum setiferum soft shield fern. Clematis ‘Perle D’Azur’ with a teazel
And Kate van Heel is back too! Her Dreaming Swan is no ugly duckling
Anemone ‘Dreaming Swan’. Wild Swan was a dead duck for me, to quote Peter Williams, but ‘Dreaming Swan’ does really well and flowers for a long time.
My Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’. It has taken three years to flower. The previous two years produced lots of lush foliage but no flowers.
Cautleya spicata robusta Monarda ‘Saxon Purple” The allium (Allium angulosum) at the front of the border is a magnet for bees and other insects. It grows here with Verbena ‘Bampton’ and white agapanthus. I just wish the flowers of the agapanthus would not flop over!
Pat Hunter shows that there are some very interesting shades of orange to be found
Abutilon ‘Orange Hot Lava’ Calceolaria integrifolia ‘Kentish Hero’ Lilium henryi Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ Eucomis vandermerwei Itea ilicifolia Unknown supermarket Dahlia
Sue Gray’s garden offers some less common Crocosmias
Crocosmia ‘Limpopo’ Mixed Agapanthus, many self-sown, and Crocosmia ‘Limpopo’ More Agapanthus with Crocosmia ‘Okavanga’ Climbing Rose ‘Penny Lane’ grown from a hardwood cutting taken at Friday Forum many years ago! Verbena officinalis var. grandiflora ‘Bampton’, Veronica longifolia ‘Charlotte’, Diascia personata and Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’ Thalictrum delavayi Sorbus hupehensis ‘Pink Pagoda’ Salvia patens ‘Pink Ice’ Limonium a.k.a. Sea Lavender
The Hackett garden becomes decidedly jungly at this time of year. Perhaps I should buy a machete.
Hackett garden Aug 2020 Hackett garden Aug 2020 Hemerocallis ‘Frans Hals’ – longer flowering than most day lilies Hollyhock -Alcea rosea ‘Antwerp mixed’ Rosa ‘Kew Gardens’ – saw this in Sir John Hall’s rose garden on the day trip in 2018. It was just about the only rose still flowering after many weeks of heat. Dahlia ‘Honka Fragile’ – Stunning flower but terrible name Begonia odorata ‘Angelique’ – long flowering and smells nice if you get close enough Agapanthus ‘Midnight Star’