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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
July Aug Sept
It has been a while since I last posted here.
It has been a very warm afternoon here today, but in preparation for the colder
days to come I have put the heavy duty shelving up in the passage between our
two gardens. That is where we store all the Dahlias and many other tender
plants. We don't heat the passage, it is kept above freezing by the heat of the
house, the shelving is on the house wall.
We also trimmed the large Prunus flowering cherry in Lyn's garden, just to keep
it in shape, and Lyn has been cutting down some of theplants that are dieing
We did have time to sit and enjoy the sun as well.
We do have several 'grasses' in the garden, which
help out at this time of year, and look particularly nice in the sunshine.
Miscanthus 'Morning Light'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'
Lyn tidying up a few of the plants
Begonia 'Apricot shades' in the hanging basket
alonside the yellow Brugmansia
Rosa 'Chartreuse de parme'
A lovely early autumn day today, makes the garden so much
nicer. Not that we have had much time to enjoy it, other than watering most of
We decided a few days ago to help out my sister with the reception, at her
house, after the funeral of her husband.
She had received quotes for a buffet reception for 50 people of £750.
So we will be making a selection of buffet food ourselves and taking over extra
chairs and all our plates, cutlery, tea making equipment etc that we use here on
our open days.
which was quite late flowering this year, and is now in the conservatory with
Salvia buchanii just a few flowers
Gerbera Everlast pink has flowered nearly all year.
First cold night of the Autumn, last night, it got down to
+3.6c. Still some great colour in the garden, helped by the sunshine during the
Still some nice flowers in the garden, enjoying a break in
the wind and with some welcome sunshine.
Pictures taken today.
Hosta plantaginea 'Japonica' very scented late flowerer.
After the news last night that my sister had just lost her
husband, after seven months fighting cancer, I have not much to say. Instead I
have just been out and taken these pictures in the garden.
A second flowering of Clematis
Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'
Delphinium requienii grown from seed
Rosa 'Jacques Cartier
A reasonable day today quite warm although not much sun.
Late this morning we were both at home, and as the weather was dry, and it is
supposed to be windy over the weekend, we set about removing the Clematis
montana that we had growing up and through a 18 metre tall Silver Birch tree in
Lyn's front garden.
Our double extension ladder only reached about a third of the way up the tree,
so it was a matter of tugging away at the Clematis stems from the top of the
ladder, without falling off. There is still some of the Clematis left in the top
third of the tree which I can't reach, so will have to leave that to gradually
rot over a period of time.
We had to remove the Clematis as it would have eventually killed the Silver
Birch by excluding the light and the weight of the Clematis breaking off some of
The lower part of the Clematis montana, before we
Still some colour in Lyn's front garden.
It stayed dry for the first part of the private visit
yesterday, then as the rain started they all came in the conservatory for tea
So that is the end of the garden openings for this year, the total number of
visitors is 876 on the two and a half open days and private visits, that is a
new record for us.
Just as well the last visit was yesterday, not today, as it has been wet all day
with gale force winds. I had tied the Brugmansias down and several other plants,
so as far as I know there has been no real damage, apart from the shredding of
the banana leaves. I haven't ventured into the garden to tidy up yet, will wait
There are twelve people arriving tomorrow morning on the
last of our private visits, so two more cakes made this morning and a general
tidy up in the garden after rain last night. The sun came out this afternoon
which brought a gusty wind too. Hoping the showers will hold off till our
visitors have left. Then it is downhill with the weather for the rest of the
week, Autumnal the forecast said, but hey we haven't had summer yet.
What plants did we buy yesterday? here are a few. The others are not in flower
so I can't show you a picture.
Aster 'Coombe Fishacre'
Roscoea purpurea Purple leaved seedling
Salvia patens 'Oxford
Salvia patens 'Cambridge Blue'
As mentioned, we did get to the NGS open garden at
Prospect House in Axminster Devon today. We were particularly interested in the
Salvias of which they have a lot.
Almost the first salvia we saw we fell in love with. It was Salvia dombeyi, and
of course they didn't have any for sale.
We spent almost an hour there admiring so many salvias. We came away with four
During conversation with the owner of the garden, he suggested that the nursery
at Forde Abbey may have the Salvia dombeyi. As we were only about five miles
away we set off to see.
Unfortunately they did not have the Salvia, but we came away with seven other
plants, not Salvias. We can recommend the nursery the prices are very
We then set off to Lyn's friend Eve who had two sacks of plants that may be of
interest to me, given to her by a near neighbor who had recently moved into the
village and wanted rid of these plants. He had dug them up and given them to
One of the sacks had the leaves sticking out and were obviously Strelitzia
Reginae. We pulled them out of the sack, only to find that they had been dug out
without any roots left on them at all. The other sack had an Oleander inside
which had some root, but as we have nine at home in the garden, we didn't want
anymore. So we came away empty handed.
Just a few pictures of Prospect House
Garden in Axminster Devon
The one we liked best Salvia dombeyi. Could be hard
to find a supplier.
Lyn's garden will have more plants to come into flower
this month, and also some that have already flowered which will have a smaller
Today was quite bright and ended up a lot warmer. A lot of plants still have
good buds on, these will be helped to open with the sun and warmth.
We are hoping to visit another NGS garden this weekend, more later. And on the
way back we may pick up some more tender plants, as if we hadn't enough already.
In Lyn's garden Heliopsis 'Summer nights' and
The lions head water feature in the Exotic garden
Also in the exotic garden two different Ricinus