Behind the Gate

Today was due to be the first of our three June openings for the National Garden Scheme, cancelled because of Covid 19, so in the absence of visitors I thought I would share some of the things they would have been seeing today, the highlights of the garden. The three clematis featured yesterday as part of Six on Saturday are certainly one of them ( C viticella, left to right, Rosalyn, Margot Koster, Madame Julia Correvan).

Many of the roses have suffered from recent wind and rain, but ‘New Dawn’ is following on from its exuberance last year with a repeat performance, and is a delightful pale pink, not the white it looks in the picture. Behind and above it rambler ‘Rambling Rector’ is still hanging on although impossible to photograph with the sun behind it.

Hostas have stood up fairly well this summer, although needed watering during the dryer months, and are fairly free of slug and snail damage:

Further down the garden, the little arbour with a bench and mirrored window has looked especially inviting with Strawberry Hill’ clambering over it, settling in well after its introduction a couple of years ago:

Turning 180Β° to look towards the back of the shed, rambler ‘Rosemarie Viaud’ is at peak flowering stage and is such a pretty shade of purple:

Swivelling round on the same spot visitors would also see the bronze heuchera bed and the Acer griseum, shown often on this blog. The heuchera have all spruced themselves up and filled out as the months have gone on.

In the blue & white border two appropriately coloured aconitum are stunningly in flower and I would normally have hung a little notice on them to warn visitors, informing them they are aconitum (and not delphiniums) and are poisonous. I have mentioned before that I even feel uncomfortable writing about them, which is daft as there will be other poisonous plants in the garden, and am beginning to consider removing them, not just because of their toxicity, but because of their height too, as they dominate the border. They do produce attractive blooms though, especially the blue varieties, and their early spring growth, a shapely feathery mound, is a joy to behold. Sounds like decision time…

Beyond the wall you can see behind them is the fruit cage, the working greenhouse and the cuttings beds. The latter have been fully planted up since mid May and are filling out on a daily basis, with cornflower, cosmos, calendula and sweet peas in bloom, and buds on many more which no doubt will be encouraged to open in the hotter temperatures forecast for midweek. One of the unexpected joys when the cutting beds were first introduced was the pleasure to be gained from the sheer abundance and colour of the contents, no doubt experienced too by any visitors to the garden.

Visitors usually exclaim over the proliferation of allium, whether in fresh or spent bloom form, so they would enjoy these later flowering Allium ‘Miami’ and of course those massive A schubertii:

They might also appreciate the scented leaved pelargonium in the Coop, which seem to have responded to being repotted in fresh compost as they are more floriferous than they have ever been. They would certainly have appreciated a cup of tea and a piece of cake too but these like the visitors, were absent from the garden today.

A few NGS gardens are beginning to reopen for visitors with pre-purchased tickets so if you are in the UK please visit the NGS website to see if there are any opening near you – those opening for the coming week will be listed on the website tomorrow (Monday).

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20 Responses to Behind the Gate

  1. bcparkison says:

    Well..I certainly enjoy visiting even if not in person.

  2. Cathy says:

    Your garden is looking wonderful Cathy and it is nice to see some long shots. The. lematis and roses are a real picture. I quite understand how you feel about the Aconites. I used to grow Ricinus as an annual, but when I realised just how poisonous the seeds are I gave up growing them. By the way, I identified the plant that looked like cow parsley among other things… it was nothing poisonous, just plain old ground elder(!) that had a slight pink tinge to some flowers in the spot where I picked it!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful garden views. I certainly enjoyed the visit!

  4. tonytomeo says:

    I could not have visited anyway, as it is too far away.

  5. Anna says:

    Aaaaaaw Cathy – you and the Golfer must have felt a tinge of sadness this morning. I thought of you last night realising that it was the summer solstice and thought that I probably would have been spending some time in your lovely garden at some point this week. I’m missing out on your talent for baking too πŸ˜„ ‘Rosemary Viaud’ is a beauty. I don’t recollect seeing her in flower. Is she on time or have I been unobservant in the past?

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I missed not having the opportunity to see you Anna 😦 … but I know there will be other occasions we meet up πŸ™‚ Rosemarie is generally a little later than this and would probably have been in bud, or perhaps with just an odd flower or two when you have been

  6. Heyjude says:

    A lovely virtual visit. I have removed the aconite from my garden. It wasn’t doing too well anyway.

    • Cathy says:

      Sadly, it is quite happy here – but the decision has almost been made to remove it. Yesterday seemed to be a turning point somehow

  7. Love the potted geraniums!

  8. Pauline says:

    Thank you for giving us the virtual tour Cathy, it all looks beautiful, especially the roses and clematis. Such a shame there were no visitors to appreciate it, but they will be back next year!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – the roses generally were much better a few weeks ago, but there is always going to be a variation in flowering peaks, We were due to open Sun/Weds/Sun and I was going to assess the relative numbers before deciding whether to go back to just two days next year, but of course I am none the wiser now!

  9. All looking so pretty. I adore scented leaf pelargoniums. Which is your favourite? Mine is tomentosum

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Dorris – probably Copthorne and Lara Sunshine, both from Fibrex. It was our visit to Lower Whatsit Hall that first triggered thoughts of having a little collection. Tomentosum sounds lovely

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