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IN OUR GARDENS

A PICTORIAL DIARY OF WHAT

IS HAPPENING IN MEMBERS GARDENS

DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

 

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Posted by Janet Stevens - Saturday 23rd of May 2020

The garden is looking good, or was until today's winds started flattening some plants. The striped leaf camassia is blooming creamy white and is sheltered so standing up OK. I'm not going to inspect other plants until the wind stops as although we have walls on 3 sides we are also quite high up (for Wymond ham) and cannot protect from the strong wind that always comes at this time of year. Next weekend would have been Wymondham Open Gardens - all postponed until next year we hope. The allotment is as dry as a bone so I'm delaying final planting of brassicas and climbing French beans as long as I can. Being a mile from home, watering becomes a chore, though come to think of it what else do I have to do in these restricted times?

Posted by John Simmons - Saturday 23rd of May 2020

Our now ‘Med’ climate has become rather testing with less than a quarter of the average rain over the last 3 months and no sign of rain to come in June. This third consecutively dry summer has started earlier than the previous two and will be damaging to many plants.

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Rhododendron ‘Percy Wiseman’ (Waterers 1969) one of the many fine garden-worthy Yak hybrids, so called because one of their parents is the hardy, free-flowering Rhododendron yakushimanum that grows on mountains on the warm southern Japanese Island of Yakushima.

Rhododendron ‘Fantastica’ (Hacherman 1968) another popular Yak hybrid, but a bit OTT for my taste.

Kniphofia northiae. A souvenir of our NPH holiday in Kent in 2012 & named after the intrepid Victorian botanical painter, Marianne North, who first painted I have long admired North’s work but did not expect this Transvaal plant to be hardy in my frost hollow.

Cymbidium hybrid. I was given this plant about 50 years ago as a house-plant. After about 25 years I thought it was time for it to leave the house & put it into my then newish unheated greenhouse. In the 25 years since it has been divided twice, covered only by a sheet of bubble plastic in severe cold, stood outside in summer, yet flowers every spring & refuses to die.

Pieris japonica ‘Katsura’ A compact, slow-growing, shrub from Japan with bright red young foliage in spring that turns plum red before going dark green. Earlier in the year it has pinkish lily–of-the-valley like flowers. Katsura is also the Japanese name for cercidiphyllum and the lovely Imperial garden on the western outskirts of Kyoto.

Moroccan poppy, Papaver rupifragum v. atlanticum. Another NPH-linked acquisition It comes from the Atlas Mts. and for more than 20 years has formed lovely, self-sown silver green rosettes in my gravel drive, where it thrives having died out in its originally planted border site in 1997.

Second line:

Paeonia broteri s.Spain & Portugal, a member’s gift, came as a seedling from Judy Wilson in 2007.

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Camassia cusikii part of a now 30-year-old drift of these lovely bulbs from NE Oregon & adjacent Idaho.

Mixed azaleas, somewhat in need of rain

Judas tree now 20 years old from seed, a happy ‘Med’ plant.

Posted by David King - Saturday 23rd of May 2020

Blossom and flowers have be outstanding so far this year and the irises are no exception. Here are just some of them in flower at the moment.

First line from left to right:

Benton Cordelia, Benton ex Dodo Rose, Benton Lorna, Benton Nigel, Benton Olive, Benton Opal, Benton Primrose

Second Line from left to right:

Chelsea Blue, Edward of Windsor, Gingerbread Man, Golden Splendour, Samurai Warrior, Jane Philips, Frost and Flame

Posted by Kathy Gray - Monday 25th of May 2020

The pond I mentioned initially is coming on in leaps and bounds with many of the plants coming up. Most of the 33 frogs have left now but a few remain as you will see from the photo. There is also a small bog area where the carnivorous plants seem to be doing well. So far we have had a Large Red damselfly visiting, along with an Azure damselfly. As for the plants from left to right a lovely woodlander, Anemone sylvestris and Epimedium grandiflorum 'Nanum'. The Irises have been good this year - Iris 'Kent Pride' Iris 'Kytice' Iris 'Rajah Brooke' and Iris 'Lightening Streak'. Thanks to Brian for identifying this last one for me! And, does anyone know the name of the small one? Lastly, Peony rockii which has been beautiful this year, along with a Mudan hybrid and P. delavayi. 

Posted by David King - Sunday 31st of May 2020

A few more pictures from the garden and our irises which have been spectacular this year as have so many flowers.

First Row From left to right: Benton Deidre, Benton ex Dodo Rose, Benton Lorna, Benton Nigel, Golden Splendour, HG1 Rubeo?

Second Row: Red Peony, Unknown Iris, Iris Bumblebee Deelite, Iris Samurai Warrior, Iris Rip city

Third row: The Benton Irises, centre part of our garden.

Posted by Margaret Tyler - Sunday 7th of June 2020

Because of the lack of rain pink roses have flowered well and have not been reduced to nasty grey balls.  Here Rosa Geoff Hamilton and Eyes for You.

Lupins have also flowered well, Persian Slipper with Masterpiece and Desert Sun with iris Ola Kala.

Finally, the last of the Siberian irises which have not enjoyed the drought, iris How Audacious.

Posted by Linda Hall - Sunday 7th of June 2020

Posted by Nicola Cooke - Sunday 14th of June 2020

It’s 16 months now since we moved here and I’m continuing to get to know the garden and the plants we ‘inherited’ from the previous owner, plus adding a few new ones.  New additions include Rhododendron ‘Eucharitis’ and Cytisus ‘Red Wings’.  I don’t know the name of the attractive peach/pink climbing rose, but it is flowering well now and is a favourite.  Lupin ‘Governor Blue’ and Allium ‘Christophii’ are two more new additions.  The Deutzia has attractive pale pink flowers, but I haven’t been able to find out what variety it is.  Sisyrinchium striatum has done – and spread - well this year and the three as yet unidentified Geraniums have also produced lots of flowers.  A new project for us will be the addition of a pond, but that will be work in progress for quite a while!

Posted by Ahsan Ali - Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Posted by John Simmons- Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Roamer House garden photos July 2020

1. Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’ An old, 1920s, diurnal, scented & free-flowering cultivar, but one of my favourites.

2. Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’ this pink-flowered form was originally found in wet forest in NW Tasmania and though tender has grown well with our recent milder winters flowering freely over the summer months with a few flowers still on my now 4m plant last autumn.

3 & 4. Sorbus kirilowii from Central and West China. It has grown to around 5m here, staying as a single clump unlike the smaller (1.5-2m) spreading (5) Sorbus sorbifolia from northern Asia. I have seen this latter plant used as a hedge in western China but here unwanted suckers have to be regularly removed. When in training a winter task was to prune & top-dress a large bed of S. kirilowii with coffee grounds to which both the sorbaria and the under-planted crocus responded magnificently.

6. Lilium sargentiae Two pot-grown forms of this trumpet lily that occurs naturally in the mountains of western China.

7 . Dierama pauciflorum This small dierama comes from the Drakensberg. Though I have a wet soil dieramas generally fail in my garden, but this comparatively miserable one persists though this is the first time in 12 years that it has properly extended its flower spikes!

8. Hoheria ‘Borde Hill’ The five species of Hoheria are all New Zealand shrubs to small trees from the mallow family and they grow quickly, though tend not to be long lived, and the evergreen species are particularly susceptible to cold winters.

9. Chionochloa rubra another New Zealander, but this tussock grass has proved perfectly hardy here over the past 21 years. The two in the two beds shown are recovering from division but now in danger of being overwhelmed by the persicaria. The leaves at the tussock grasses base are those of the snow poppy.