North Yorkshire’s Breezy Knees Gardens were featured here last year on the 5th of the month. One year and ten days later, with temperatures in the mid-20s, we returned to once again raise our spirits and decide on next year’s flowers.

First up is a striking single flowered rose, Rosa floribunda ‘Crazy for You’. There was only a faint fragrance, normally such a key feature for me, but the flower was very attractive. (I have a similar Fremch rose in our garden that I must photograph before it fades.)

Aster amellus ‘Brilliant’ (above) was one of a number of plants attracting bees and butterflies by the thousand. I have no idea what the white aster is but the combination is a winning one.


Aster novi-belgii ‘Alice Haslam’ was another of the genus looking absolutely stunning in the borders, an inexpensive plant that demonstrates conclusively that one need not lash out a fortune when planting that prize winning display. One certainly for next year then.

Another idea I shall seize upon is to fill the inevitable gaps in the display with altroemerias, for Breezy Knees had very many of them in a wide colour range. Alstroemeria ‘Mauve Majesty’ looked the part, this particular specimen being bred by Dr Mark Bridgen from New York’s Cornell University, incidentally, a destination we have already booked for this time next year.

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ despite the name was still well in bloom for mid-September. Looking down at it is not the best view I could manage. It stands about one metre in height and well deserves its AGM and a better photographer. It is deemed to be one of the earliest of the Heleniums.

Finally for today’s post, though I will be continuing my Breezy selection later, is the perennial sunflower, Helianthus ‘Capenoch Supreme’ standing out from the crowd, not just for its height. It possesses a fetching light yellow quality. It also looks great in close-up.

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