Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Aberglasney (Part 2) The Flowers.

I described the gardens of Aberglasney in a previous blog Here

Part 2 contains photographs of just SOME of the flowers in bloom when we visited on a lovely sunny day in September.

This bed is on the site of an old vine house...

...the wall is covered with Boston Ivy...

...and planted with annuals such as Calendula,...

...this pink dahlia, much enjoyed by the bumble bees,..

...along with Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'...

...Melianthus major and Canna providing the foliage contrast...

...and occasional flower, this is looking towards the very good cafe area.

I mentioned in Part1, how impressed I was with the pool garden with its reflective pool and simple planting scheme.

...Kniphofia provided the main colour in September...

...blending nicely with Verbena bonariensis and I think, here, a shrubby salvia and... each of the two corner beds was a young Acer davidii 'Serpentine' with delicate pink stems along with a snake bark main trunk.

The Upper Walled Garden, designed by Penelope Hobhouse, planted predominately with perennials...

...and Yew Cones providing an evergreen punctuation mark.

...I do like fennel when in flower, here, with white Anemone and Eupatorium purpureum...

...or  joe-pye-weed...

...and Helenium, all providing insect food...

...with the lovely dark pink Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance'.

There are several woodland walks within the gardens, in one area there was a mass planting of Begonia grandis subsp. evansiana. This is a new plant to me, I thought the leaf makings were beautiful.

Clerodendrum bungei has been on my wish list for some time... is a late flowering shrub, said to be hardy only down to a few degrees, (I have planted one this autumn!)

A selection of different Hydrangeas were in full flower and...

in this picture providing a colourful backdrop... a mass planting of lilies.

Rosa rugosa Alba showing both bloom and hips...

...along with one of the best Roses for hips, R. moyesii 'Geranium'.

A late brood of swallow's lining up for a feed!

I hope a view of these flowers will help to brighten up what is a dull, wet day/week/month here in the UK. We can look forward to the garden visiting season starting again soon.

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  1. Thanks for the reminder about Aberglasney - I haven't been since it first opened after it was shown on the BBC Restoration programme. It would be lovely to see how it has developed all of these years later.
    Yes, it was lovely to see the flowers Brian, they filled me with anticipation for the coming year in the garden.

    1. We also visited just after it opened and again last year, it has developed into a wonderful garden and visitor attraction, The house is also open now.

  2. You are such a tease Brian...showing us the lovely blooms...when the few we have are going to be blasted by chilling winds! But then what a great way to lift our spirits...thanks!

    1. I hoped it would help us all through the dull winter days we have been having.

  3. Yes, lots of gorgeous blooms so thanks for the out of season sharing, Brian. Sadly I am wondering if I am all gardened-out as we have been to Aberglasney and your pictures didn't ring a bell at all... Hmm, I need to go back and check out my photos - now when was it? Must be at least 6 or 7 years ago... Oh, and just seeing Rosemary's comments perhaps it was pre restoration although I don't remember seeing it on the BBc programme... perhaps my memory just isn't what it used to be!

    1. If my memory serves me right, the BBC program covered the discovery of the cloister garden and the yew tunnel, the house was unsafe to enter. There was little other garden.

  4. Great warm, colourful images for the cold, white gardens we have just now. I've never heard of this garden (nor seen any tv coverage). I do like the planting combinations, the swallow chicks and that reflective pool area. Very nice.

    1. Thank you Shirley, it was a long time ago when it was on tv. It is an excellent garden led by, I am told, by a very enthusiastic head gardener.

  5. Lovely colourful images - they bring summer at Aberglasney back to me.
    I hadn't ever noticed the Cerinthe major there, though. That used to be really fashionable a few years ago and I even managed to grow it from seed myself once - in a sunny year.
    Love the swallows!
    All the best :)

    1. Thank you Pat.
      I grew it many years ago, I think it has become fashionable again for I have seen it in other gardens last year.


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