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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
July 2015

July 26th
Rain yesterday and today has given me time to update the picture blog and a long awaited entry into the Allotment page.

On Tuesday evening we had a private visit of 27 from the Parkstone Garden Club. We enjoyed the enthusiasm that everyone showed, and thought the visit was one of the best private visits we have had.
The evening visit was followed the next day at 12.45 by a coach with 32 members of the Hardy Plant Society Southern Counties.
After safely escorting the group across the busy Ringwood road, the coach left to park in the Angel Pub car park, which we had arranged with the manager.
There was a great deal of interest and many questions about the plants and garden, it was another very enjoyable visit for us, and after the previous evening visit we were very happy to have shown our garden to two lovely groups.
The coach left at around 2pm, just as our gate opened for the afternoon National Garden Scheme visitors.
It seemed a slow start with just a few people trickling in, which was not what we had expected. Ok we had a short shower earlier in the morning, but it was now dry but fairly cloudy. The Wimbledon tennis had finished several days ago, and we thought people would want to get out in the fresh air.
We were pleased that a good percentage of our visitors had not been to the garden before, we can't expect to get people to come to every opening.
There was a sharp short lived shower about 4pm and we managed to get our visitors into our conservatory and sitting room ! till it passed.
We ended up with just 69 visitors over the three hours, which was ninteen less than the Wednesday opening the previous year.

Thankfully the two private parties had increased the number of visitors over the 24 hours so we were happy and tired at the same time.

Part of Lyn's garden.

Clematis viticella 'Venosa Violacea' 

Phlox paniculata 'Swizzle'

Phlox paniculata 'Mikes favourite'

Part of the 'exotic' garden

 No not a Brugmansia, it is Iochroma grandiflorum but it would be great to get a Brug that colour.

Tithonia grown from seed (Mexican Sunflower)

There was a bit of a mix up with the name of this Dahlia
We bought it as Dahlia coccinea, but it is in fact a Hybrid from Dahlia coccinea. Sorry if I gave the wrong
name out to our visitors.

July 6th
Yesterday on our open day we were pleased to see a lot of new visitors to our garden, thank you very much.
Numbers where down on last year, although we had moved our opening a week earlier than normal, because we would clash with the finals of Wimbledon.
The good side of not being so busy is that we can spend more time answering the many questions about the garden and plants we have.

Brugmansia 'Dalens Glory' 

Iochroma australe 

Oleander buds just about to open.

Aloe striatula 

Begonia 'Luxurians' 

Echeveria harmsii 

Lilium 'Red Life'

Lilium 'Dimention' 

Helenium 'Sahins Early Flowerer'