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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
August 2012

August 31st
The end of another month, and just a reminder of colder weather to come, it was just +6.4c under the 'Lollipop' tree in the back garden, and +4.9c at the airport just 2 miles away.
I suppose as we have not had a lot of warm weather this summer, the ground and sea will not have warmed so much. So it could be a cold winter. Doom and gloom as Lyn would say.
The good news is that it was a reasonable day today, and there where several Red Admiral butterflies in the garden. How nice it would be to see even more, like we used to.

Lyn's front garden late this afternoon, quite a lot of colour still. If you were a butterfly, would you fly down to have a look.
Ok not all the flowers would be of interest to the butterflies, but quite a lot are.

Red Admiral butterfly today on Rudbeckia laciniata 'Goldsturm'

August 29th
Not a nice day today, raining by 10am.
But to brighten the day.

The plants that arrived from Jungle plants at 8.30am this morning, two Cannas and a

August 28th
A view across the top of Rudbeckia in the Exotic garden, yes I know they are not exotic, but they are very showy 
this time of year.

Rhodochiton atrosanguineus. We normally grow a lot from seed, this year was a total failure, these are the only
ones that made it.

Hedychium densiflorum 'Assam Orange' I find these one of the easiest Hedychium to grow, the flowers don't
last very long though.

Canna 'Reine Charlotte' We used to grow a lot of Canna, till they got Canna virus. We had to dump them all.
This one we bought 2 years ago and is virus free. 
Another 2 different ones are turning up tomorrow from Jungle Plants.

Ensete ventricosum 'Montbeliardii' We have had this plant since just before Kobakoba the nursery closed, about 2007.
I wouldn't want to be without one, they are not particularly easy to keep through winter, so as they are now half price
in Jungle plants sale, one will be arriving with the Cannas tomorrow. The new one will be a dwarf against the old one!

August 26th
The sun shone today and we had the morning off to go walking, only did about 4 miles, to ease us back into it after the gardening and openings.
We really enjoyed it, we revisited Charlton all Saints, which is a small village just south of Salisbury.
Below is one of the pictures I took.
It will be later in the year before I get time to add the pictures to the photography part of our website.

August 25th
Not a very nice day today, rain showers and cool, so we had a lazy day, which I spent about an hour setting up the picture below.
These flowers are 18 Phlox which are still in bloom in the garden today.
I filled a clear sandwich box with water and was able to float each individual flower on the water. The blue background is a piece of blue card placed under the box.
These are just 18 Phloxes of about 46 we have in the garden.

The names of the Phlox are listed below.

From Left to Right starting at the top.

Please note that 'Mums Pink' and 'Shell Pink' are not proper names, they are what Lyn uses as they are unnamed

1st Row........'Pink Eye Flame'.....'Lilac Time'.....'Ping Pong'.....'Dusterlohe'.........'Utopia'............'Peppermint Twist'
2nd Row.......'Bright Eyes'............'Starfire...........'David'...........'Eva Cullum'........'Mums Pink'....'Laura'
3rd Row.......'Franz Shubert'.........'Mount Fuji'....'Lichtspel'......'Little Princess'....'Red Flame'....'Shell Pink'

August 23rd
This morning I removed all the plants from our sale plant benches and moved the benches slightly.
I then sorted the plants and returned them to the benches. All this was to make a bit more room for new plants that Lyn is going to order.
So we will be opening our garden again next year, we haven't finalised the dates yet, they will be similar to this year, but we will avoid the Wimbledon tennis final.

Dead heading of the flowers here is a daily job to do, the Phlox paniculata will put up another smaller flush of flowers if the old flowers are cut down as soon as they have got tatty.

Oleander flowering well now, in a sunny corner of the Exotic garden.

Brugmansia 'Dalens Glory' and Ricinus 'New Zealand Purple' 

Leucanthemum 'Aglaia' still flowering in Lyn's garden

Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgandy' in the Exotic garden.

August 22nd
We have been enjoying the weather and the flowers again today. Hopefully it will be a reasonable Bank holiday this coming weekend.
Just for something different !! I stood on top of a 6 foot pair of steps and took some pictures !

And in the Exotic garden

Back down on the ground.......Clematis fruiticosa

August 20th
We have had two hot days 28c yesterday and 26c today. The Brugmansias are looking their best so far this year. Oleanders are showing a few flowers as well.
Five flower buds on Canna 'Reine Charlotte'.
We are watering the garden to keep the plants going for as long as possible.
The Phlox paniculata in Lyn's garden are now just past their best, but still have plenty of colour left.

Phlox paniculata 'Eva Cullum' 

Plox paniculata 'Pink Eye Flame'

Lilium  'Cassandra' and Monarda 'Jacob Cline'

 Veronicastrum virginicum 'Alba' . Lilium 'Nova Zembla'. Helenium 'Sahins Early'. Phlox paniculata 'Eva Cullum'

August 18th
Having pretty well finished with opening our garden this year, we started storing away the tables, chairs, cups, saucers and about six boxes full of other items we need for the open days.
Lyn has moved a few plants in her garden today and slit a few more that where getting a bit too big.
A much more leisurely day today which made a change.

Plenty of colour still in the Exotic garden

And also lots of colour in Lyn's garden

Back in the Exotic garden the Brugmansias are flowering better with a bit more sun.

And the Plumbago auriculata  is flowering at last

In Lyn's garden Lilium lancifolium 'Splendens' 

Helenium 'Margot' one of my favourite Heleniums in Lyn's garden.

August 15th
We had a group of visitors who are volunteer gardeners from the Priest House in Wimborne today.
This morning was very wet indeed, torrential rain at times. Just fifteen minutes before the group arrived, the rain stopped and the sun shone, how lucky we all where.

A dark blue Agapanthus with the sun shining through while we ate our dinner outside this evening.

Thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitts double'

Phlox paniculata 'Ping Pong'

Ensete ventricosum 'Montbeliardii' 

August 14th
We have just come in from eating dinner outside tonight, quite balmy when the sun shines, we should have had a lot more evenings like this, during the summer.
A private group of about 14 are coming to the garden tomorrow afternoon, it doesn't look too good, there is supposed to be rain till about 2 or 3pm, they are arriving about 2.30pm. So it may well be tea and cake first, then the garden.
Lyn's garden is full of scent now, most of it from the Phlox paniculata and the Lillies.

Lilium 'Brasilia'

Lilium 'Tiger Woods'

Echinacea purpurea

August 13th
We are both a bit jaded today after a long open day yesterday, we were out in the car at 7.00am putting out our direction signs around Ferndown. We had a reasonable number of visitors totaling 179 on an unusually nice day. 
Thank you to all who came to visit us, quite a lot were first timers, which is good for us. And many of you enjoyed the garden, I know because you told us so. The cakes went down well too, as we ran out by 3.30pm, sorry if anyone was disappointed. It is very difficult to predict how many visitors will turn up on an open day, we were left with quite a few cakes on our first open day of the year.
We eventually sat down to a late dinner (for us) at 7.30pm so it was a long but enjoyable day for us.
So apart from some private visits to the garden we are finished for 2012.

August 11th
We have a large Silver Birch tree in the front garden and for the third time this year it is dropping leaves. It does this every year, we reckon it is because in early Spring we feed the lawns, and the tree takes up some of the feed, and makes more leaves than it should. When we get any hot weather the tree becomes stressed trying to supply water to the leaves and decides to drop a few, or a lot, to reduce the stress.
The easiest way is to run the mower with collecting box over the lawn, which I have done twice today, getting the leaves out of the flower beds is not so easy.

Seems like plenty of pollen on this Helenium 'Sahins Early'

Hydrangea serrata a species of Hydrangea native to mountainous regions of Korea and Japan

Phlox paniculata 'Eva Cullum'

Close up of Phlox paniculata 'Eva Cullum'

Part of the sale plant stall ready for tomorrows open day.

August 10th
Time flies, another week gone by, and the garden is probably at it's best now. Still no flowers in the Exotic garden on the Oleanders and Plumbago, both need a good deal of sun, which we have had for the last two days, but it needs a lot more to get them in to flower.
We have another open day on this coming Sunday, hopefully more visitors than the last Sunday opening. The weather should be ideal for garden visiting, not too hot, hopefully dry and a slight breeze. I have made nine large cakes for the opening, no where near as many as in previous years, we don't want to be left with lots of cake.
Visitor numbers to NGS gardens are down over the whole of the UK. The weather, financial climate, Wimbledon and the Olympics are all to blame. 
Plenty for us to do before we open, including watering the plants now the rain has stopped, and the many other preparations that have to be done, we even have a checklist, it's easier than trying to remember.

At last we have more insect visitors in the garden, they get in free ! but we don't mind, it's nice to see them back.

Another plant (Brugmansia) that hasn't produced so many flowers this year.

The Agapanthus are in full bloom now, much later than they normally are.

Lilium 'Big Brother' the flowers are huge.

In the Exotic garden.

Back in Lyn's garden Phlox paniculata  'Peppermint Twist'

And Phlox paniculata 'Eva Cullum'

August 3rd
I forgot to say that on our trip into Devon we came home with a few more plants, Lyn had seven new plants and I had two.
Just one shower today then sunny spells but with a drying wind, which sent me out with the hosepipe late this afternoon.
This evening it was time to go out with our garden open signs again.

Lilium 'Chocolate Canary' one of the lily bulbs we bought in early spring this year.

Lilium lankongense one of the plants Lyn bought back from our Devon trip.

The view of part of Lyn's front garden seen through our sitting room window.

Lilium 'Red Dutch' more than two metres tall this year.       Sunlight shining through a Dahlia 'Tally Ho' flower.

August 2nd
Yesterday we did a 270 mile round trip to two gardens in Devon. The gardens were Keith and Ros Wiley atWildside and Garden House, both very close to each other.
We left at 8.10am and had an unhindered drive all the way, except for some torrential rain as we passed through Plymouth.
First stop was Wildside, the rain was still on and off, but not too heavy. Although the garden had sustained some damage from all the rain, and at times, wind this summer. We were both over the moon with what had been achieved with the landscaping, planting and colour. Lyn wanted the garden for herself !.
I took many pictures which despite the rain came out reasonably well. I will be adding a new page to our website as soon as I have time, showing some of the photos of Wildside.
As a taster here is one of the photos.