As to names, I haven’t a clue truthfully. There’s a new variety on sale called “Pink Pagoda” with clusters of berries like a grapevine. But it doesn’t rise from the dead.
The two images below were taken in Annecy on July 20th on our travels. The town hardly needed any brightening up but I have never seen such a varied collection.
Now follows a series of varieties, some grown from seed, some perennial:
|Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Goldquelle” Breezy Knees, 5th September 2015|
|‘Viette’s Little Suzy’, Breezy Knees, 5th September 2015|
|Rudbeckia “Irish Eyes”, Audley End House, 27th September 2015|
|Rudbeckia “Capuchino”, Clumber Park, 22nd September 2015|
|Rudbeckia “Marmalade”, Clumber Park, 22nd September 2015|
|And the most prolific of the lot, Rubeckia “City Garden”, again from Breezy Knees (of which more shortly) 5th September 2015|
There was an interesting display of the varieties available to taste.
The walled kitchen garden with its apple and pear trees traditionally grown in fans and espaliers were inspirational for such as me with my one rather untidy if bountiful tree.
My own favourite? Egremont Russet.
The “world’s most fragrant shrub” proclaimed the seller so I bought two. The one above seemed healthy but is now worse than that below and almost defunct. Two deceased plants and £12 plus £5 postage lost. I can’t be bothered to return the remnants to “Gardening Express” to satisfy their terms and conditions so an expensive experience and I will not buy from the company again. I did, by the way, plant and water the plants properly. Not properly enough.
And should you be considering a visit, this is what it looked like on Wednesday, 23rd September 2015. Lovely stables, lovely church, lovely Virginia Creeper, no mansion. It is nevertheless a wonderful place for walks and cycling, maintained with love by the National Trust.
Sculpture, cacti and succulents survive with a minimal of care – a gardener’s dream one might imagine.
The whitewashed, low-rise buildings of Lanzarote and a thousand or so palm trees.
Of all the plants that morning, the Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns, Christ plant, Christ thorn) stood out. Very attractive and garden gloves compulsory.
But it is the sculptured box and yew that take the eye, each plant a chiselled tablet or ball.
The warm stone of the building has recently been restored and, although drawn shutters give a certain blank look, the straight lines of the construction are complemented by those of the topiary.
The small bed, replicated on each corner of the house, was only planted two years ago.