Have just been away for two weeks following Hoby Open Gardens and it has been hot; very hot for England at 32 centigrade! And we continue to have had no rain of any consequence since the middle of May. We left a garden looking quite good but now it is crisp and dry. Our soil is a sandy loam and tends to dry out quickly but in an English climate this is usually not an issue..The main lawn was the walled kitchen garden for a large house next door and the interesting thing now is that wherever there were paths in the original kitchen garden the lawn drys out fastest as you can see in the above.The lawn on June 16th before the sun!
So rather than show pictures of dried up plants I thought I would go back to the open garden event.After a hectic week getting everything ready the weekend arrived and was a great success. Eleven gardens opened, included Glebe House, and in addition we provided lunches, tombolas, an art exhibition, plant stalls,a white elephant stall (ie a junk stall), a Pimms bar and lets not forget the cream teas. Our garden was one of the venues for cream teas and after Diane had made 250 scones we made almost £900 on the teas alone. Overall the money is still being counted but it looks like we have made almost £7500 which, for a village of just 100 houses, is excellent. The money is going to do some improvements in our 13th century village church.The roses were stunning with Rosa Rambling Rector covering the old apple tree and Rosa Bobby James on the right just coming into flower. Probably one of the best comments was when one of the visitors said she always came into our garden to see the rose ‘Rampant Rector’!
Here are some of the roses in the garden:
Rosa ‘Ghislaine de Feligonde’
Rosa ‘Anne Boleyn’ (front) Rosa ‘Lichfield Angel’ (back)
Rosa Rambling Rector
Rosa ‘Ghislaine de Feligonde’
Rosa ‘Anne Boleyn’
Rosa ‘Lichfield Angel’
Rosa Felicite Perpetue
Rosa Bobby James
Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’
Rosa ‘Crown Princess Margareta’
Rosa ‘Alfred de Dalmas’
The main pond had recovered from when it emptied itself and the water stayed crystal clear.and there were no snakes to be seen here either.
We only have one hanging basket and luckily it is on automatic watering so it just as good now.
The dahlias were a bit disappointing as the slow spring had held back the flowers. The only flowering dahlias were Dahlia Arabian Night and Dahlia David Howard. Now they are all struggling due to lack of rain.The Delphinium Black Knight and Rosa ‘Iceberg’ made a great show.This shrub always provides interest. It is Carpenteria californica with Rosa ‘Irene Watts’ in the foreground. Carpenteria californica is quite a rare plant in English gardens and it needs a sheltered position as it is rather tender.June is peak season for poppies which self seed throughout the garden.
We do not have a huge vegetable plot. However, for open gardens even the vegetable plot needs to be weed free.
Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’
Rosa ‘’Open Arms’
Potentilla atrosanguinea var. Argyrophylla ‘Scarlet Starlit’
Geranium palmatum with Rosa ‘Empress Josephine’ and Rosa ‘New Dawn’
Clematis ‘Boulevard ‘Angelique’
Clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’
Anemone ‘Wild Swan’
Elsewhere there were plenty of flowers to see.
As you can see the hedges had not been cut. Actually we ran out of time, however, the current thinking is that it is better to cut box hedging a little later to help prevent blight.
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Holiday week so no gardening.
The following view across the garden is often central to my End of the Month View. See August, September, and October .
End of the Month View – October
Now it looks totally different as the winter tidy up takes place and old herbaceous material is removed and some plants completely removed where we have decided a change is due. It looks completely empty of plants but as my last blog said spring is on its way. You will just have to come back later in the year to see it transformed with tulips and alliums.
The rose on the wall has been rehung. Each year they always out grow their space and I find the best solution is often to more or less take them off the wires and try to hang them in a way that their new growth is horizontal. Not always possible! At the same time and dead growth can be pruned out. If you look at the view in October you can see the extent of the new growth that had to be tamed. We have also removed some Cephalaria Gigentea.
Cephalaria Gigentea is quite nice when it is flowering but this happens early in the summer and then the plant looks a mess and it seeds everywhere. I will be honest we are still thinking about how to replace it. The bed has been mulched with our compost so the spring bulbs will just have to push through this.
To the right of the pond there are two roses against the wall Rosa Alister Stella Grey and Rosa Crown Princess Margareta. There is not really enough space here for them but with a bit of help they have been squeezed in. Eventually Alister Stella Grey will grow to the top of the wall.Looking back to the pergola the roses Rosa Gloire de Dijon and Rosa Souvenir de la Malmaison growing up the pergola legs have been pruned and generally tidied up. The plastic sheet on the right is where we have a small peach tree and it is to prevent peach leaf curl. It will be covered until May. On the right the roses have yet to be sorted out although they do not look too bad. This is a shot taken in a direction I have often shown:It is hard to believe this is the same border!Another piece of pruning that has been done can be seen here. The Pyracantha Orange Glow is in the process of being trained horizontally. It is straight forward to do but just takes time. There are three Rosa Jacques Cartier in front of the Pyracantha so later in the year it is not very visible but right now it looks great.
Do have a look at Helen The Patient Gardener’s blog where you fill find links to other gardens at the end of January. Thank you to Helen for hosting this meme.
The weather continues to be foggy and damp restricting the time in the garden. Main activity continues to be cleaning up dead herbaceous leaves etc.
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