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Gracedieu Lass's Journal

Gracedieu Lass's Journal August 2017

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Dietes bicolor.

30 August 2017 09:21:39

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Dietes bicolour is a native of South Africia and a member of the Iris family. It is also know by it's common name of Fortnight Lily or Africian Iris. It is a perennial with long sword- like pale green leaves, growing from multiple fans at the base of the clump. The flowers are yellow with three dark spots and an orange outline. Paddy grew this plant from seed many years ago when he had an interest in Africian bulbs. Despite summer coming to an end, the garden still has some nice and interesting plants flowering. I have just noticed the nerines are stretching by the day and it won't be long before their sugar pink flowers are blooming.

Sedum 'Red Cauli'.

26 August 2017 16:25:46

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I think this is the best of the sedums I have ever grown. It has raspberry red flower and red stems with a blue/ grey leaves. I have also noticed that it doesn't revert when cuttings are taken, very stable sedum. A beautiful plant.

Clerodendrum trichotomum

24 August 2017 21:50:58

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We were given this deciduous shrub about twenty years ago by a friend who was a very keen gardener. However, Jim passed away a number of years ago and his beautiful garden is now a car showroom, such a pity. This shrub has white fragrant flowers  enclosed in maroon calyces in August and September and are followed by bright blue berries. The only problem with this shrub is that it suckers, so not recommended for the small garden. It can look good during the winter with the multi stems and if planted with small spring bulbs can look beautiful in spring. A unusual shrub if you have the space. It is a reminder in our garden of a good friend and gardener who shared his plants.

A Miserable Day.

22 August 2017 12:30:26

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Will this weather ever improve and these grey skies lift? Constant rain here all morning and after all the rain over the last three days the plants are bent to the ground with the weight of water. I know I should not complain as the garden is slowly falling into autumn, if a bit early this year, well maybe a month earlier. Always sad to see summer coming to an end. Who knows maybe we will have an Indian Summer but the evenings are still long enough to enjoy the garden, if only the rain would STOP.

Phymosea umbellata for Jackie.

22 August 2017 12:13:51
Phymosea umbellata for Jackie.

Phymosea umbellata for Jackie.

Jackie, from the photo you can see a cluster of flowers, but had a look a your photos and there seem to be more than one flower on your plant. Also, in the description of Abutilon they flower from spring to summer, the plot thickens.

Hanham Court.

20 August 2017 14:56:31

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While we were on holidays in England last May we came upon Hanham Court, a garden which was open under the National Garden Scheme. The garden is suitated east of Bath in the County of Gloustershire. The gardens were created by Isabel and Julian Bannerman after they acquired the property in 1993. They are collectors of grand architectural pieces and use these through out the garden to create mock ruins and oak temples. The couple are very creative designers  and have worked for the Prince of Wales at Highgrove where they designed the Stumprey with it's Temple Grove. They have also worked for Lord Rothschild at Waddeston Manor and many other very wealthy people over the years. 

The garden is a delight to visit with quirky features and a restrained, but colourful planting. You find a Gotic enclosures beside a pool, an oak obelisk surrounded by lilacs and a garden that leads you out into a beautiful hillside meadow.

In the last year they have written a book 'Landscape of Dreams' about some of the gardens they have been involved in designing. However, they have recently left Hanham Court and moved south to Devon, where I am sure they will create another masterpiece.

Phymosia umbellata.

17 August 2017 23:09:13

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I was given this plant as a cutting this time last year and thought it was an Abutilon, however Mary O' Connell visited the garden last February and recogonised it as Phymosia umbellata which she had seen in Helen Dillion's garden. It survived the winter with me and in May I put it into a display of tender plants outside the back door. The weather this summer has suited it and it has grown into a beautiful shrub. It is a native of Mexico and relative of Hibiscus and known as the Bush Mallow. It has soft furry leaves and large cerise flowers. It can grow up to four meters in Mexico, but I don't think it will reach anythink like that in the sunny south east. 

Photos are courtesy of Paddy as my camera is not that good at taking close-ups of flowers.

New Gardening Programme.

16 August 2017 14:49:25
New Gardening Programme.

New Gardening Programme.

With the weather being so miserable today I am reduced to watching daytime television. However, while watching Channel 4, during the break in that wonderful programme 'Four in a Bed', there was a promo for a new gardening television programme. On Monday next 21st August at 9 o'clock Dee Hart Dyke, a keen gardener is visiting open gardens around Britain and tries to convert her daughter Miranda (well known comedian and actress) to the joys of horticulture. It looks like a very nice produced programme and I am a person who loves to peep over the gate into other people's creations, so this should suit me down to the ground. It will be broadcast over three episodes.

I am wondering if Mr. Middleton is printing any bulb catalogue this year as I found the on-line one to small to read and just generally awkward. It is a day for going through bulb catalogues.

Clematis purpurea plena Elegans.

14 August 2017 16:31:12

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This is my favourite clematis with it's beautiful double dusky pink flowers. It flowers from June until late September and it is covered in flowers from start to finish. I have it growing on an arch which is the enterance to The Lane and it is growing with Rosa Zepherin Drouhin, a thornless rose with a fantastic scent and beautiful pink flowers.

Lophosoria quadripinnata.

14 August 2017 15:45:10

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I am not keen on growing tender plants in the garden as my garden is not mild and the soil can be very wet during the winter months. However, this spring I was given a gift of Lophosoria quadripinnata, a type of Tree Fern. I am so glad I found somewhere that is sheltered to plant it as it just looks brilliant at present. Who knows if it will survive the winter, but I will try and protect it and hope it increases in size over the coming years. Since the two bad winters we had a few years ago, I am not so adventurous in trying border line plants, but maybe this will encourage me to grow plants that I use to grow before. 

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