THE KNOT GARDEN


It's been a windy couple of days, as you will no doubt spot in the photographs.  Just as well I put in all the plant supports I had last week.  The Knot Garden is looking at its best at the moment, so most of the post is about the plants that grow there. 

Many of the Iris have opened up.  

1. Iris Codicil and Acoma

Here we have Codicil on the left and Acoma in the right, both from Cayeux nursery that I mentioned last week.

Lurking near the bottom of the frame you'll see a few rather underwhelming alliums.  These are the quite pricey Globemaster.  I hope they put on a better show next year.


2. The Purple and Lilac Border

This is a view down the border which I'm trying to restrict to purple and lilac tones with a touch of pale yellow.  


3. Iris Bal Masque

Another Iris from Cayeux. 




4. White Iris and Cow Parsley

Being surrounded by farmland and country hedgerows, we are never far from some Anthriscus Sylvestris, and when some seeds itself around the edge of the garden, I let it be.



5. Burgundy Iris

On the other side of the Knot Garden the colours are warmer pinks and deep reds.  This Iris was bought at a local open gardens, just described as 'Burgundy Iris'.  I would love to know the proper names of  these Iris but there are so many similar looking ones out there it seems quite impossible.



6. Madame Alfred Carriere

I've written before about how long I spent tying in this rose earlier this Spring, and wondered whether it would be worth it.  I am pleased to say that it was.  Here she is flowering with a much better display than I have ever had before.



That's all from my garden for this week, although there is plenty to see in other gardens from around the world on the Propagator.  Do drop by and take a look.
  
By the way, if you were wondering why I keep referring to this as the Knot Garden, the last photo is for you.  In the centre of the garden there are five beds which are edged with low hedges, which still need to knit together, and in the borders are some yews which I hope to train into topiary shapes.




And now it really is goodbye until next week.  Stay safe.


Comments

  1. Very nice first photo with the lupins in the background and the Iris and alliums in front.
    I also like the beds with low hedges : it's clean and easier to mow the lawn all around

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    1. It's my favourite photo too. I always put the best one in first!

      The knot garden was specially designed so it's easy to mow with the ride on lawn mower. We've learnt from our mistakes with the Rose Garden.

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    2. so you do like me with the rider by turning around each bed! ( and I have a lot !)😄

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  2. What fantastic irises! There was a clip about Cayeaux on one of the Chelsea programmes this week, did you see it? They are special. Keep safe and well :)

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    1. Yes I saw it. I saw their stand at Chelsea a few years ago as well and it was so beautiful.

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  3. Thank you! You DO have a real knot garden! It's beautiful!

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    1. I'm glad you like it. I thought you might be expecting something more elaborate!

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  4. I do love these little visits to your garden. The two Iris Codicil and Acoma are beautiful, but Bal Masque is incredible.

    All your efforts with Madame Alfred Carriere have rewarded you well, she looks quite stunning trained against the wall - and it's a treat to see the Knot Garden.

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    1. Thanks Catherine. Bal Masque has only put out one bloom so far, so it may well look even better next week, but I just couldn't wait til then to put it on the blog.

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  5. Your purple and lilac border is just beautiful. Is it just me or does 'Codicil' seem like a very odd name for a plant?

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    1. I think it's a very odd name too. I wondered if it was a pun of some sort on the French for sky, but if it is I can't work it out.

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  6. How totally gorgeous. I tend to simply plant things I think won’t fail and then hope for the best, but you’ve put so much thought into colour schemes and the result is wonderful.

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  7. Your colour schemes in the borders are excellent. Cow parsley is so under rated by some. It does those iris proud. Iris Bal Masque is so vibrant next to those (lupin?) buds. Just a wow combo. And I do remember when you tied that rose in this spring. I flippantly suggested using mattress springs (as I do) but think now it'd ruin the effect. Just stunning. Definitely worth it.

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