Garden Tours

 

I visited a garden today – in Cornwall, England.

https://ngs.org.uk/carminowe-valley-garden-cornwall-a-garden-worth-exploring/

Absolutely beautiful! 🌸

And then I popped into one in Derbyshire later on.    

https://ngs.org.uk/the-smithy-derbyshire-a-hidden-treasure/

Charming. 😃

How did I do that, you may ask? Do I have a private jet? A helicopter? Can I beam myself from Bavaria to England? (Wish I could!)

No, I looked at NGS charity website and clicked on the button for Virtual Garden Visits.

https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits/

When it became clear that the NGS (National Garden Scheme) gardens would be unable to open their gates to the public in spring in order to raise money for the nurses they support, the charity decided to share some virtual garden tours on their website instead. At the peak of the lockdown this was such a wonderful way to while away a few hours and escape reality, viewing some enchanting gardens all across Britain.

Mum‘s Pink Poppy

Well, with some of the restrictions being lifted in the UK, most of the gardens are now open at last, albeit with the booking of time slots as a requirement. Details of the gardens are up-to-date on the website and booking a time slot can be done online too. It‘s really easy.

Californian Poppies

If you can‘t visit one yourself, or there isn‘t one near you, do take a look at some of the virtual tours instead. And perhaps you might consider making a small donation while you are on the website? The charity has almost reached its target of £100,000  for its Help Support our Nurses campaign launched in April. Every little helps.

And here is a mini tour of my own garden in Bavaria as it stands so far. 😃

xxx

 

A Year‘s Growth

While sifting through old photos on the computer last night I realised I had just photographed my flower beds at the same angles as precisely one year ago. What a shock! The Sunshine Bed was newly planted in Spring 2019. This photo was June 13th 2019…

And this is a year and a few days later!

 

The same goes for the Butterfly Bed, here in June 2019…

And today, with giant Geraniums, awesome Artemisia, big Buddleia, amazing Alchemilla and ‘we-want-to-rule-the-world’ Euphorbia….

And then there is the Herb Bed, here in June 2019…

And in June 2020, despite suffering from mice and vole attacks!

(The Stipa tenuissima were the perfect choice for this windy spot and have grown really well.)

So beware when planting a new bed that you don‘t overcrowd it. I am already seeing my latest flower bed fill out and am avoiding the temptation to fill any gaps, as I know what could happen in a year!

Oval Bed June 2020

(The wood chippings as mulch are fantastic and have allowed the plants to get a good start despite the hot weather we had shortly after planting.)

Have you seen a lot of new growth this growing season? What has really taken off in your garden this summer?

 

In a Vase on Monday: A Warm Glow

Californian Poppies have finally got established in my garden this year. Yippee! After scattering some seed last year I only got a few flowers. The plants remained green almost all winter, which amazed me, and now they have multiplied! 😃 I am now sure previous attempts to grow them in my old garden were thwarted by snails. Thankfully there are hardly any around in the new garden.

So, as I wanted to join in with Cathy’s Monday meme again at Rambling in the Garden, I decided to cut some on Sunday morning and see how they do in a vase.

I also took the opportunity to test the Geum flowers for vase use. I grew these – Geum chiloense ‘Blazing Sunset’ – from seed two springs ago and last year only a couple of flowers appeared. But this year the plants are much stronger and are flowering profusely, brightening up the Sunshine Bed as well as a very windswept corner of the Herb Bed.

They are a very strong orangey red (some of the photos are a little deceptive showing a pink tinge) and the frilly flowers are strikingly visible from a distance.

Alchemilla mollis is a perfect filler for some contrasting green, and for a splash of light two pretty Aquilegias. I am afraid I can‘t tell the difference, but the labels say one is Kristall and the other is Yellow Queen. The orange flower is Hawkweed, Hieracium x rubrum.

I love the wild yellow Hawkweed we see around here, so added this orange one to the herb bed in the hope it will spread. After all, it IS a weed! 😜

The colours of these flowers are a lovely contrast to the pinks and blues in the Butterfly Bed right now and are creating a warm glow on my dining table. And now, over 24 hours after being cut, the poppies and geums are still glowing and are apparently happy in the vase.

 😃

What is glowing in your garden today?

Have a great week!