I’ve resorted to digging up some of the dahlias that have been seriously chomped on by the slugs and snails. They are now in the recovery ward where the good news is that an earlier admission is starting to sprout healthy new growth. I will nurse them back into full leaf and with any luck they may provide some autumn colour. Clearly some varieties are more to the molluscs taste than others as I have other dahlias that have been barely snacked upon.
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Despite the weather outlook garden enthusiasts and agapanthus were out in force at the Tatton Park Flower Show this year. I managed to escape with my shins intact despite a close encounter with a plastic trolley, the likes of which John Grimshaw so fondly writes. Here’s a few highlights from the show.
Begonias on display by Blackmore and Langdon.
Dahlias by Pheasant Acre Plants.
Gladioli display by Devine Nurseries.
Alstroemeria by Philip Tivey & Son.
Please do not sit on the stand. An impressive display of spikes from Lincolnshire’s Southfield Nurseries.
The path in this garden (lower right hand corner) was made from concrete fence posts.
The Most Persistent Agent Award for the show goes to Daniel Trotman who put forward a strong case to join the RSPB. They do not specify a joining fee and only ask that you give what you feel is fair. No wonder they have over a million members. Learn more on the inspirational RSPB website.
Wow, just look at this display of alliums by Warmenhoven. I had to buy some.
Now that most of the roses are going over there is far more green than colour in the garden. Geranium maderense does a great job filling the gap between the early and late flowerers, especially as it self-seeds readily (in mild areas). Meanwhile the first of the dahlias are in flower, the sweet peas provide a daily picking and annuals like cosmos, orlaya and cornflowers are starting to add touches of colour amongst the green.
Oh the capriciousness of the British weather! I was feeling happy that proper rain had fallen after weeks without any – and then it goes and spoils it all by whipping up 60mph winds that have left shredded tulip tree leaves all over the garden. Fortunately I went around tying dahlias, sweet peas etc to their supports yesterday, so with any luck the damage will be mainly cosmetic – nothing a broom won’t sort out.
The Luxembourg Gardens in Paris mounted their first ever display of their collection of rare orchids
I’m not very keen on some of the foliage colours of heucheras and heucherellas but this display did make me smile
This interesting and informative display in the Great Pavilion explored historic gardening techniques.
I’d never heard of hot bed growing described as French Gardening
Medwyn Williams grows vegetables like no others – and has now been joined in the business by his son and grandson
Avon Bulbs make bulbs irresistible
More temptation from Avon Bulbs
The luxuriant and fragrant Alhambra-like display at David Austin Roses
Garden Organic are promoting their One Pot Pledge in the Great Pavilion
Proof that insect hotels can be modernist as well as rustic
The wirework sculpture was so realistic I can imagine that it trotting round the Great Pavilion checking the other displays at dawn
Caramba! Dahlias have evaded the taste police and are back in the Great Pavilion
Hilliers Nurseries explore various colour themes of which this was the prettiest
Hilliers star new introduction – although its name will take some learning
Single white paeonies are much in evidence