It’s been a relaxing fortnight, after the fantastically busy garden open weekend, I thought I would have a break from serious gardening. I’ve potted, sat and enjoyed the view. I didn’t even think I could do justice to a post.
So here I am back again full of enthusiasm and buying plants again. I’ve even got some visitors coming back this week for plants that were ordered.
In this last two weeks the garden has truly come alive. With 54 different roses in flower and lots of peonies, daylilies and many other perennials now filling all the remaining spaces.
Salvia sclarea looking magnificent, I often see these in walled vegetable gardens but have never grown them until now. I got the seed from a seed swop locally last year and this is the result. I will save seed again as it is so impressive.
Another unsown seedling. I grow pure white foxgloves but this is a beautiful rogue.
Iris Ellenbank Damselfly I just love the markings and it’s delicate colouring.
Aquilegia longissima. This is seed from L and G ‘s garden there it grows to only about 50cms as it is growing in poor soil on their drive. Here it is in my secret garden, semi shade good soil and more than a metre tall. They will have to be moved later in the year, but they do look good.
Rosa Buff Beauty
Roses…for many years along with several other plants these have been my passion. I now grow far less than I use to. Mainly because quite a few got old and past their best so I discarded them. Some didn’t perform as I would have liked either. So now I grow around 70 roses. This year seems to be an exceptional one, the weather is good so the blooms are not being damaged by too much rain.
William Lobb one of my all time favourites. This fades to a soft grey/lavender with a lovely perfume. The buds are covered in a perfumed moss.
Lady of Shalott a Mothers Day present from my daughter a few years ago. Now looking splendid amongst a dainty white iris and a pale purple viola cornuta.
Rosa Moyesii a rose I have had for many years now and as you can see there is a hip starting to form at the side of the bloom, but I know it will drop off. In the 20 plus years I have had this rose not one hip has managed to form properly. !!!!!
Madame Hardy now looking a little sparse as the wisteria is covering most of the growth. A rethink needed.
Ispahan a wonderful rose. Healthy strong, full perfume, long flowering season. What more could you ask of a rose.
Constance Spry a once flowering lax shrub or climber, has wonderful perfume and large full blooms.
Cornelia a lovely rose from start to finish, pretty buds opening a coppery/apricot fading to pink, excellent perfume. Picture does not do the colour justice.
I hope you like the small selection of plants and roses now flowering in the garden. I could bore you to tears with the roses but I will stop now.
And finally, I got the total raised at the open weekend, it came to £3700 not bad considering how awful the Saturday was. We have all received our share of this based on the number of days we opened. All of our chosen charities have now benefited from everyone’s hard work. Will I do it again next year …never say never.
19 responses to “And Finally”
some nice pics … x
Thank you kind sir x
Well done! We did an Open Weekend in Suffolk last year and it was very hard work.
It certainly is. I’ve been doing this for the last 15 or so years with just a couple of years out and it does get more difficult as you get older but having said that I really do love it and it gives you the incentive to keep the garden up to scratch. Also you get to meet so many like minded folk who sometimes become life long friends…. 🙂
Congratulations on the the lovely roses and all that money raised 🙂
Thank you. I think it was possibly the worst weather we had had for a open W/E. Didn’t deter the true gardeners though … 🙂
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true – gardeners are a hardy lot!
Well you reserve a nice rest now. What a fantastic sum raised, well done! I love all your gorgeous roses. Lady of Shalott is on my list she is a beauty. I grow Salvia sclarea too, it is such a lovely colour. Apparently the Edwardians called it ‘ Hot Housemaid’ because of its smell. What an offensive name., I am glad that we are more sensitive today and anyway who has a housemaid, smelly or otherwise?
Thank you…and I quite like the ‘smell’ of the salvia, it’s strange but nice.
Well done Sue, you deserve to put your feet up and enjoy your garden. The roses look brilliant, so hard to choose a favourite but if pushed I would say William Lobb, but this could change at any moment!
Thanks…W/L yes but then…..!!!!!
Great job! It’s a shame about the weather but it must have felt good knowing that even the rain couldn’t keep people away from visiting. I can almost smell the roses, they look perfect.
Than you. It always amazes me when the weather is poor how many people are as obsessed with plants as I am. It really gives you a boost and knowing you are all sharing plants and knowledge. And I have met some very nice people this time who are now on my list to give plants to.
Congratulations on raising such a considerable amount of money. It is lovely to be able to share your garden and to support a charity. The yellow Aquilegia is beautiful, very unusual. All your roses are beautiful but I find roses such a lot of work. Actually, I refuse to touch them because of that and it is my husband that is obliged by me to do the pruning. I suppose it must be a labour of love for you. Amelia
Hi, the roses are never a problem really. Most of them get cut down by half and some get a big thin out every few years , other than a feed twice a year they are left pretty much to themselves. Oh and deadheading too. Do you want me to save some seed from the Aquilegia ? I could send you some later in the year. Sue
That would be very kind! I did like the bright yellow colour. I don’t think my husband cuts our roses back enough, I’ll have to have another talk to him.
I have your email I will write to you later to get your address, I have seeds drying already. Sue
Such hard work, but with sweet rewards! You could never bore me with your roses – they are so wonderful. I cannot pick a favourite, love them all!
Thank you. To be surrounded by roses and climbers is my idea of heaven, oh and this plant and that plant etc etc …now I am obsessive ….no cure.