We opened, we survived, we open again tomorrow. I did a short blog about the experience, which was a good one. We have nine more openings, taking us to 22nd August, so we have to keep primping and preening until then. We both found the whole thing very tiring and were desperate to get to bed. Getting old, it has nothing to recommend it.
Having steered the garden to what will likely be as good as it gets, finding six things is only a problem because of how many get left out. There are worse problems, here we go.
The front garden. I did six views of the back garden last saturday but the front didn’t get a look in. Here it is in all its clashing glory. In theory the red sweet williams only barely overlapped the orange Alstroemeria; who am I to complain that one is flowering later than expected and the other started earlier.
That omission out the way, on to some of the things that were looking good out the back. I added some Allium christophii to the two or three I already had. It’s a location that clearly suits them so I’m happy to have more. I will try to collect seed so that I can control where else they appear.
Hydrangea serrata ‘Cap Sizun‘ managed to be far enough on to show its potential on Wednesday but it improves by the day. Nothing is ever seen in isolation though and I was rather pleased with this combination of Hydrangea and Hak macs.
Rodgersia ‘Chocolate Wing’. I don’t think there’s much doubt that this would be happier if it had a good deal more moisture. I’ve had it for several years and I think this is the first time it’s flowered. Worth the wait and enough to encourage me to treat it better in hope of even more in future.
Geranium incanum and Potentilla. I’m not at all sure of the Geranium’s name and I thought the Potentilla that I collected seeds from had intense scarlet flowers whereas all its seedlings look like this. You don’t always need a solid mass of flowers on tidy well behaved plants.
On Wednesday morning a couple of buds on this Iris ensata were just beginning to unfurl. Perfect timing, thought I. Wrong, they stayed stubbornly shut until thursday morning. I don’t know the variety.
I’m off to the garden centre in a while. Just for compost you understand. Obviously we will look at the plants while we’re there, but no purchases are planned. I wonder how that will play out. SoS host The Propagator posted much earlier, it’s where the links are, it’s where you need to go.