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Rain didn’t stop play

Saturday we opened the garden in support of the National Gardens Scheme.

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The day had a promising start with bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky but the humidity heralded the torrential rain and thunder storm that was to hit mid-afternoon.

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Huge thanks to The Pot Place for loaning five ’emergency’ hanging baskets. We had ordered some self watering ‘cup and saucer’ ones which have an inbuilt reservoir and only require watering twice a week,  but they didn’t arrive and the courtyard wouldn’t have looked as good without the lovely flowers.

Thanks go to Phil’s Mum  who helped with last minute weeding, tidying and ticket sales and his Dad who counted legs, divided by two and kept the visitors entertained in the garden.

cd2f57da-8d0f-4451-88cb-76ce86d20bbcThanks also to our lovely friends who paid to come in although they have seen the garden many times before.

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We turned the summerhouse into a pop-up gallery to display some of Phil’s work.

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And we get to do it all again for NGS on Sunday 11th June 12-5pm … hope to see you then!

Tomato Source

We have been planting tomatoes in the greenhouse this Bank Holiday weekend. Rio Grande is a beef tomato and Roma an Italian Plum, both of these were gifts from our friends so we gave them some Red Brussel Sprout plants in return.

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Roma

I fancied growing some tumblers in a hanging basket, so we went to The Pot Place and came home with Sun Baby, a yellow cherry type and Red Robin, another tumbler. We also bought a bush variety called Gardener’s Delight, which was featured in an episode of Gardener’s World. We will let you know which we like best !

Red Robin and Sun Baby tumblers

Red Robin and Sun Baby tumblers

The Hanging Gardens of Armathwaite

The Armathwaite Open Gardens event is only  5 weeks away, 27th and 28th June. We collected our hanging baskets  from  the Garden of Eden nursery, which is just up the road at Thiefside. the ladies there do a great job and last year’s display was fantastic and gave a great first impression to our visitors. I don’t think they will be disappointed this year !

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Janet Queen visited on Thursday and took some photographs of the garden for the forthcoming November edition of Cumbria Life. Janet trained at Edinburgh and is Head Gardener at Rose Castle in Dalston, former home of the Bishop of Carlisle. The stars of the show were still not in bloom and looking back at last years photos, everything is a good two weeks late, so she has agreed to come back in a week or so to take some more shots.

So here are some Phil took this weekend to whet your appetite.

Rhododendron 'Peaches and Cream'

Rhododendron ‘Peaches and Cream’

Rhododendron 'Percy Wiseman'

Rhododendron ‘Percy Wiseman’

Viburnum Rhytidophyllum

Viburnum Rhytidophyllum

Polemonium 'Heaven Scent'

Polemonium ‘Heaven Scent’

Camassia Leichtlinii

Camassia Leichtlinii

Woodland walk

Woodland walk

Veronica Gentianoldes 'Tissington White'  Comptonia Peregrina Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow' Heuchera 'Crimson Curls'

Veronica Gentianoldes ‘Tissington White’ with the rare plant Comptonia Peregrina ‘Sweet Fern’ behind and
Ajuga ‘Burgundy Glow’  and Heuchera ‘Crimson Curls’ as a backdrop

New planting beside the pond

New planting beside the pond