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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
May June July Aug
It is getting nearer the time to start bringing in some of
the plants from the 'Exotic' Garden.
Lots of visitors ask where we store the plants, well here is one place, the
passage between house and sheds, I put the shelving up this afternoon, to be
ready for the influx of plants. Notice the yellow Brugmansia flowers hanging
down outside the moorish arch.
Shelving for winter storage of
A Comma butterfly on Rudbeckia in the sunshine today.
I don't want to cut down the exotic plants at the moment, as they are still
looking good. It is a bit of a juggling act, to leave them out till the very
last moment, we don't want them to get badly frosted. I reckon we should be ok
for a few more weeks, providing they survive the strong winds which are forecast
for later in the week.
Part of the 'Exotic' garden today
After two nights of +3 and +4 centigrade, it was time to
put the insulation back on the greenhouse. We are hoping to leave the tender
plants out for a bit longer, it would be a shame to cut them down and store them
as they are still flowering.
The sun shining through the back of a Ricinus 'Carmencita
leaf Ricinus 'New Zealand Purple'
The seed of Mirabilis jalapa (which are
Salvia buchananii still flowering
We don't normally leave the dead heads of clematis flowers
on the plant, but some of them we miss. The seed heads take many forms, one of
which can be seen in the photo below.
Grasses come into their own at this time of year, we do have some of the smaller
ones in the garden, although we have to split them if they get too big for their
One of the jobs today, was to take cuttings from various plants, hopefully they
will end up on our plant stall next year.
Dahlia's are still flowering well, take a look at the petals in the picture
Seed heads of Clematis 'Sweet
Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'
Ipomoea Indica cuttings
Starting at the bottom 6 o'clock position and
We spent most of the day in the garden today. I picked the
last of the tomatoes in the greenhouse, and tidied up the greenhouse ready for
the invasion of tender plants that will soon be heading in for the winter.
The Cannas are usually stored in their pots under the slatted greenhouse
staging, but they tend to get over wet when we water plants on the top of the
So I have covered the staging with exterior plywood which I have painted with a
fence paint. There may not be as much light below, but as the Cannas will be
dormant, it is not such a problem.
The Exotic garden is still looking good, although temperatures at night have
been down to just +6 centigrade. We did open our garden in September several
years ago, but we could never be sure that the garden would still look good
Just got back from a few days away in Norfolk. We visited
East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden, Amultree Exotics, Thorncroft Clematis, Woottens
of Wenhaston nursery, the RSPB reserve at Minsmere and Pensthorpe nature
The Desert Wash and Californian Border at East
The Tree Fern Garden at East Ruston
Obviously a lot of money has been spent on the gardens,
the pictures above, are just two of at least 19 different gardens which have
We were a bit disappointed that some of the gardens seemed a bit neglected, with
for instance herbaceous plants that had not been supported properly, that lay on
Crested Crane at Pensthorpe in the conservation
Godwit at RSPB Minsmere
We bought 3 plants at Thorncroft's. Clematis 'Bijou' Clematis 'Maria Cornelia'
and Clematis 'Dark Eyes'
At Amultree Exotics I was very good and only purchased Canna 'Konigin
Charlotte'. Amultree had a very good selection of Exotic plants and they were
not over priced.
At Woottens of Wenhaston We bought 7 plants, again at very reasonable prices,
they do also operate a mail order service.
Clematis 'Dark Eyes'
A feast of pictures showing some of the plants in flower
today, all are from the Exotic garden.
Hibiscus Newbiscus Mauvelous just opening a 150mm across flower
More buds to open on Hibiscus Newbiscus Mauvelous
Lemons just turning yellow they do this as the
weather turns colder Lilium speciosum 'Uchida'
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, this one sometimes pink or
Clematis fruiticosa. Not an easy one for us, have lost one in the past.
Yesterday we walked round the garden (it wasn't far)
making notes of which plants we will move in the Spring, and also which ones we
will be getting rid of. We have been doing this for the past 10 years, and still
haven't got it quite right.
The Echinacea are still giving a good show and look different at all times of
day, as the are lit by the sun or shade.
The wind blew hard this morning, depositing the seed from our silver birch,
pretty well all over the garden. This afternoon we had several hours of quite
Before the rain I gathered seed from Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Amethyst' and
'Graham Stuart Thomas'. We will be sowing these in seed trays filled with gritty
compost, that will be left outside all winter. I also gathered seed from the
annual Rudbeckia amplexicaulis, they came up well this year from a sowing in
Pretty well all the Phlox have had their old flowering heads cut off now. They
will produce secondary shoots and flowers in about 3 to 4 weeks.
Most of the Monarda have finished flowering, except Monarda 'Violet Queen' which
has the longest lasting flowers, although they are looking a little bit weather
Monarda 'Violet Queen'
Some warm days this last week despite cold starts in the morning, but we still
retain a lot of colour, so here are some flowers in bloom today.
Hedychium densiflorum 'Assam
Roscoea not 100% sure on the name of this one, but a lovely colour.
Rudbeckia laciniata 'Goldquelle
Echinacea 'Tomato Soup'
Lots of spiders about now as Autumn approaches.