A Lakeland Alpine Diary - Holehird Gardens
This entry: July 2012 and the mystery Silene by Alan Oatway
July has been a busy month in the garden. Pricking out, potting on, planting out, transplanting, and weeding of course. But we have had plenty of help with the watering, and this has combined with the warmer conditions to produce plenty of growth. Many species are thriving - Circea lutetiana, Cymbalaria muralis, Epilobium montanum, Cardamine hirsuta...have all the volunteer weeders gone on holiday?!
The mystery Silene came from the seed exchanges, as S. nigrescens. A couple of pictures follow in case any friends out there can confirm its identity. It geminated well, and it seems a shame not to plant it out - but to do that I need to find it a name!
Out in the garden, the star performers at the moment include Dieramas and Lilies. Amongst the latter, we are pleased to see species such as L. langkongense and L. nepalense brightening the rock gardens, whilst the Cascade Garden is dominated by a spectacular Dierama.
You'll be noticing the water droplets and grey skies in the photographs: it has been a case of snapping between showers. Just opening now, and photographed today are a couple of Meconopsis - the tall M. wallichii in its subtle blue shade, and the equally statuesque M.paniculata. Hopefully we will get sufficient warm and dry spells over the next couple of months to harvest some viable seed from these two.
The summer flowering Corydalis elata has come into its own during July, with its special blue colour being particlarly welcome.
Moving away from the rock garden areas, Holehird's National Collections are a major feature of the gardens, and both Hydrangeas and Astilbes provide magnificent displays at this time of year - rewarding the hard work of the teams who care for them and delighting our visitors. This month's diary concludes with a general shot of each area.
As can be seen, the Hydrangeas are looking good - and the display will continue for many weeks. The Astilbes are revelling in the conditions, and are quite spectacular.