Himalaya Park, June 2022

Well, just a couple of weeks ago I posted some pictures of my white Foxtail Lilies (Eremurus himalaicus) with words to the effect that I would not try and grow more of them as just these two make such an impact in the garden….

 

And then last weekend I went to the nearby Himalaya Park (which I posted about last summer, here) and saw these…

And these….

And this lovely dainty yellow one…

And these! 😃😃😃

Hmmm. They would be a lovely addition to the Sunshine Bed….

The Himalaya Park is not like typical gardens open to the public… plants are allowed to run riot if they feel happy there. One example that stood out on this visit was the foxgloves. Only a few days ago I planted a single ‘wild’ foxglove I found at my local garden centre into my Butterfly Bed, and felt rather pleased with it. And then at the Himalaya Park I saw several hundred of them in every possible shade, and felt somewhat humbled!

I imagine they had partly been planted and had then spread by seed. What a beautiful sight!

 

I really enjoyed the trip to the park again as we had chosen the right day; thunderstorms had been forecast which meant the usual crowds had stayed at home. At times we were able to take photos without any people in them.

And the thunderstorm did come (we sheltered under the roof of one of the wooden bridges and breathed in the lovely scent of elderflowers until it stopped raining.) Then we continued our tour – the storm had cleared the air a bit and everything was sparkling. The foxgloves were everywhere. 😃

The black clouds dispersed and the sun came out again.

 

Finally a few other highlights.

(The blue Himalayan poppies were cordoned off… I suspect people try and take seed. Now who would do a thing like that…… 😊)

 

Plenty of inspiration and impressions to keep me going until my next visit. 😃

14 thoughts on “Himalaya Park, June 2022

  1. Beautiful meadows! I imagine the wild nature of this garden will create a different feel every year as it constantly evolves. I wonder if there is any guiding principle that they follow or just let nature do her thing? Glad you lucked out with the scant shower and fewer people. 🙂

    • The aim of the small team (4 people I think) is to present a wide variety of plants in as natural an environment as possible. Inspiration from Karl Foerster and Beth Chatto, but they insist this is not a show garden but a park. 😃

  2. Wow, what a beautiful place. I love gardens that are allowed to go a bit ‘wild’. All of the various eremurus are just beautiful – especially the apricot coloured form. Lucky you seeing a Himalayan blue poppy. I’ve only seen those in photos. Stunning!

  3. Those blue poppies are amazing! I’ve never seen anything quite like them. What a wonderful park and I’m sure. you come away inspired to add to your beautiful beds. It’s hard to hold back when you see the meadows dotted with those beautiful spires. 🙂

    • Hi Debra. Yes, foxgloves are something I am trying to introduce to my garden. And I have since ordered a few more Foxtail lilies for next year… 😁

  4. I like your white lilies best but I am extremely partial to white flowers. I could do with visiting a garden just now for a bit of inspiration so I appreciate the blog. Amelia

    • Thanks Amelia. The tall Allium Everest, next to my Foytail lilies, were even more of a bee magnet and they flowered for quite a long time despite some strong sun in May.

  5. I remember enjoying your post last year of Himalaya Park. This is another great one. Your own foxtail lilies are gorgeous and it’s fun to see those in the H. Park too. Those blue poppies are amazing. (I’ve yet to get any poppy to grow here.) Love the foxgloves–wish mine would spread.

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