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Pershore Garden late August 2006

The cooler, wetter weather of August has induced a second flowering of some of the plants in the garden.

The crevice garden is now 2 years old and is continuing to evolve.

The new plantings in the Scree have survived and are growing well despite the high temperatures experienced in June and July.

There is continuing colour in the Herbaceous border and the Mediterranean bed has some interesting plants in bloom.

Troughs
Some of the plants in the troughs, not connected to the watering system, suffered during the early dry summer but there have been some spectacular recoveries.Oxalis nahuelhuapiensis lost all its top growth but has since thrown up a second growth. A seedling from this plant has appeared in the nearby Sand Beds.

Aquilegia scopulorum Just as you enter the centre, a plant of Aquilegia scopulorum is blooming for a second time.

Gentiana sino-ornata hybrid Several small troughs near the car park are planted with Gentiana sino-ornata hybrids. Some of these have now started to flower.

Mediterranean Bed
Zephyranthes candida The bulbous Zephyranthes candida is flowering well although some of its petals show  damage from the wet weather.

Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' Daphne x transatlantica ?Eternal Fragrance? was released for sale in the UK in 2005. The daphne was planted near seating so that visitors could enjoy its fragrance.The daphne has flowered throughout the summer and is making a very good mound.

Sand Beds
Erigeron aureus Erigeron aureus is still flowering.

Despite its sparse nature, many plants are thriving in the sand and are spreading well.

Alpine House
Daphne jasminea The Daphne jasminea buds have just started to open although its flower buds have been in evidence for some time. This plant can be affected by red spider mite in Alpine Houses but this plant has shown no evidence of that pest.

Campanula coriacea Two of the campanulas in the house are flowering well at the moment.

Campanula coriacea is from Turkey.

Campanula mollis Campanula mollis probably needs the shelter of the Alpine house because of its hairy foliage.

Origanum dictamnus A plant with even more felted foliage is Origanum dictamnus which is also flowering behind a piece of tufa! Again, it is best to grow this with overhead protection.

Crevice Garden
The smaller daphnes continue to flower in the crevices. Some of the silver saxifragas? foliage has burnt in the hot sun but hopefully, they will recover.

Clematis tenuiloba 'Ylva' Clematis tenuiloba 'Ylva' continues to flower. The seed heads are attractive especially when the sun shines on the morning dew.

Petrophytum cinerescens Petrophytum cinerescens is in flower at the moment .It has a quiet beauty. A plant is also coming into flower on the Sand beds.

Erodium cheilanthifolium major The bright white flowers of Erodium cheilanthifolium major ( petraeum crispum) stand out against the surrounding rocks.

Herbaceous border
In bloom at the moment is a good grouping of bulbs of Galtonia candicans with plants of Kniphofia ?Nancy?s Red?, Aster thomsonii nanus and Rudbeckia fulgida var deamii.

Colchicum 'Waterlily' Colchicum 'Waterlily' has suddenly appeared over the last week but has not yet fully opened its flowers.

Scree Bed
Origanum amanum Another origanum, Origanum amanum, is in flower . The white form bloomed earlier in July in the Cotswold bed.

Car park rock garden
Gentiana septemfida Gentiana septemfida is in good form among the rocks and tufts of silver foliage of Convolvulus.

The garden still has plenty of colour and interest so please come along and enjoy!

Anne-Marie Culliney
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