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AN OPEN GARDENS PREVIEW

It's going to be a quick one this week.  I've been busy primping and preening ready for the village open gardens on Sunday and I've not left myself much time to write this post.  After weeks of trying to squeeze extra things into my allotted six, I'm now going to have to be brief.  Ironic, no? Numbers one to four are the Long Border.  I've written about it before, and how I based it on Gertrude Jekyll's design for her garden at Munstead Wood.  She trained as an artist before she turned to gardening and was au fait with the latest colour theories.  She designed these borders to start with white and blue.......... Snapdragon, Delphiniums, Rue and Aruncus moving from pale to deeper yellow... Coreopsis, Achillea and Monarda Then it's on to the reds and oranges... Lychnis, Nasturtiums, Lilies before returning to yellow and then blue. Agapanthus, Clematis, Anthemis My number five spot goes to these tomatoes.  I may have found the answer to our Six on Saturday comp

ROSES AND A NEW TREE

Did you miss me?  Two weeks without a post.  I offer my apologies and my excuses.  I was away on holiday (visiting loads of gorgeous gardens and the Chelsea Flower show) closely followed by a group art exhibition I was taking part in.

So that was two weeks off from gardening - am I mad?  At this time of year? With the weeds growing like Topsy!  Well, more of that later.  Lets start with something pretty.

The Rose Garden is starting to bloom.  In the first picture is one of the older David Austin varieties - 'Chianti'.  It flowers just the once, but it is that beautiful deep purple that I love.  I've put it with some bright pink geraniums and some purply heuchera.  




I'm going straight to another rose for my second choice this week.  This is Rosa 'Olivia Rose Austin', a repeat flowering lilac pink cabbage rose.  It does make me wonder whether it will have any oomph left for a repeat show after this display.






Next is my new tree - a Medlar 'Nottingham'.  If you happened to be walking past the Nottingham Society of Artists gallery last week you may have seen it in the window display, but it has now been settled in its new home.  This is my contribution to the Queen's green canopy to commemorate the Jubilee.  It has fruit forming on it.  I hope to try them in due course and will give you a full report.  Apparently you have to wait until they are frosted/rotting before eating them.  It doesn't sound very tempting does it?



I promised you weeds - and here they are.  I was admiring these Sweet Williams and on taking a closer look at them saw there were little rascals popping their heads up all over the place.  They are not the only ones by a long stretch.


I planted these Dianthus at least five years ago and it appears they are happy to be perennials rather than biennials.  

It wouldn't be June without Oriental Poppies would it?  You can't beat the classic bright red for some garden drama, but I also have a few other beauties dotted around the garden.


I first saw 'Patty's Plum' at the Chelsea Flower show about twenty years ago combined with a pale yellow Verbascum, on Carol Klein's nursery stand, if I remember right.  It made a stunning combination and I can't for the life of me work out why I've not tried it out for myself.



I also grow 'Victoria Louise'   


and 'Royal Wedding' which I grew from seed.


One more space left on this Six on Saturday, which will go to the Long Border.  Here it is looking moody in the early morning sunshine.  I did get all the Dahlias and most of the annuals planted out last week, so the border is starting to look fulsome.


The village Open Gardens takes place on 3rd July (no pressure!).  It's been four years since the last one and it will be nice to meet some fellow gardeners and plant enthusiasts.  

Thanks as always to the Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.







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  1. 15days late but a very nice choice of things this week, especially roses... and these Sweet Williams are superb, I don't have so many forming a tuft like that

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    1. They have done rather well this year. Hopefully not a final fanfare.

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  2. Wishing you well for the Open Gardens day. Sounds like a great event. I have never had much luck with growing poppies - can you believe it! Patty's Plum and Royal Wedding are my faves. Perhaps I will try again! Lovely roses and the Sweet William - maybe I need to go back to those again as well!!

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  3. Oops forgot to say N20 again!

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  4. I love the roses and the poppies, such lovely colours.

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  5. That's a beautiful display of Sweet Williams. It took me a while to spot the weeds. Is that willow herb growing in their midst? I nearly came a cropper trying to reach over the mini pond to pull some of that up this afternoon. The Medlar fruit sounds... intriguing!

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    1. Willow herb everwhere at the moment. And I had pulled out a handful before I took the photo.

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  6. You have some lovely poppies, and you are right getting the right combinations can work magic in the garden.

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  7. Your long border is really filling out and looking lovely. I love the colour of R. ‘Chianti’, not one I know.
    I’m anonymous for some reason, Ann - The Quilting Gardener

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    1. Hi Ann thanks for the kind comments. I chose the rose from a picture on the internet as it said it should be ok in a shadier spot - and it is,

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  8. I've also had a blogging break and am just getting back in the loop! Your first photo is lovely, I like that colour palette with deep purple. We seem to have a different Oriental Poppy season to you, mine and well and truly over now, but Brussels is perhaps a bit warmer than where you are. Sounds like the Medlars could be a candidate for jam, it's always good to have a new tree in the garden.

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    1. PS Intrigued to hear about your art exhibition, you must show us some of your work one Saturday.

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    2. I expect you are busy with the new projects, but I was glad to see you back on SoS. My paintings feature flowers quite a lot, unsurprisingly, and I shall see if there's room for a few photos one week.

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