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Stars of last week’s show

Only one week until our next NGS open garden event.

Our visitors last week were particularly interested in two of our unusual specimens;

Sinocalycalycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’

Dwarf Horse Chestnut, Aesculus Pavia ‘Koehnei’

And not forgetting Shackleton.

Here’s hoping for better weather!


Bonkers about conkers

Only 2 weeks to go until Armathwaite Open Gardens. It’s beginning to fill out and colour up.

Aesculus Pavia 'Koehnei' (dwarf Horse Chestnut)

Aesculus Pavia ‘Koehnei’ (dwarf Horse Chestnut)

Phil can’t walk past a conker on the ground and last autumn’s collection provided fun and nostalgia when six of our friends came to stay and we had a conker knockout tournament. These were drilled and strung in the usual way but Phil has a secret; drying them on the top of the kiln ensures they are unbeatable ! They also produce some impressive bruises. This little tree was a must-buy, how could he possibly resist ?

Aesculus Pavia 'Koehnei' detail

Aesculus Pavia ‘Koehnei’ detail

Sinocalycalycanthus 'Hartlage Wine'

Sinocalycalycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’

Sinocalycalycanthus is a rare deciduous shrub, which was very popular with our visitors last year. This year it’s come out of its pot and into the ground, where it seems much happier. This year it has flowered later but there are lots of buds so should make a fabulous display.

Sinocalycalycanthus 'Hartlage Wine' detail

Sinocalycalycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’ detail

Allium 'Mount Everest'

Allium ‘Mount Everest’

Alliums look great when grown in a group, however this is a solo performer and was a £1 bulb from a supermarket. Two came up last year but this year just one. It’s very tall, hence the name. We left the seed heads on after flowering as they make for good autumn interest.

Allium 'Mount Everest' seed head

Allium ‘Mount Everest’ seed head

Verbascum  Phoeniceum 'Flush of White'

Verbascum Phoeniceum ‘Flush of White’

The flowers are carried on stems about 12-15″ tall with evergreen leaves. It grows best in full sun and likes well drained soil.

Sisyrinchium 'Hemswell Sky' (Blue Eyed Grass)

Sisyrinchium ‘Hemswell Sky’ (Blue Eyed Grass)

These are not true grasses, but many species have the general appearance of grasses, as they are low-growing plants with long, thin leaves. They are a member of the Iris family. Ours provide a lovely blue accent by the pond.

Peony (variety unknown) Photo by Joseph Dutton.

Peony (variety unknown) Photo by Joseph Dutton.

Another rescued plant when we moved in. These pop up all over the borders so we lift them, plant them and give them away. They may just about last another week or so.