Its not the end of Aberdeen gardening, however this is the last post coming to you from our present garden
Most of my regular followers will know by now that our house has been sold and we are heading south to Cheshire at the end of November.
I will resume blogging at some point in 2014 once we are settled in and feeling more comfortable within ourselves. In the meantime here is how some of our garden plants were looking in the glorious Summer of 2013.
There are not so many blooms in the Aberdeen garden in early June. The Spring flowers have gone over and we are waiting for the main Summer display to get going.
The Aquilegia at this time are a welcome sight. Many of them are quite short lived, however those with darker colouring such as Alex Guiness on the left seem to do much better, lasting for many years.
On the right we have Celmisia Spectabilis. Coming into bloom a couple of weeks later than the Aquilegia.
Celmisia has silvery green evergreen foliage with superb white daisy flowers which if cut back as soon as flowering is over will give a second flush in early August.
The Enkianthus Campanulatus above was introduced to the woodland area last Autumn. I love it, a very interesting shrub which bloomed well in its first Summer. The clusters of small peachy flowers opened in the third week of June.
Also flowering in June and going on well into July are the Thalictrums.
Aquilegifolium album is first to open with Thundercloud following soon after.
The trumpet Lilium Pink Perfection performed very well planted in a container in this its first season . The heavy fragrance filled the air in the new area of our garden.
Another Trumpet Lily African Queen didn’t bloom quite so prolifically but what a fabulous colour.
Tropaeolum Speciosum self seeded itself all over the garden this Summer. It really does do well in northern gardens. It is a very special plant which we kind of take for granted until we hear of other gardeners further south desperately trying to get it to take hold.
These annual Marguerites were purchased online. The small plug plants arrived in early May. I potted them up and left them in the greenhouse for four weeks. By the first of June they were ready to plant out and soon made quite large plants blooming from mid June till the third week in September.
Peardrop, a relatively new Begonia on the scene makes a bold statement planted in this terracotta pot.
The Aster Frikartii Monch happens to be one of my favourite perennials. Flourishing even in the semi shaded spot where we have it planted.
Rhapsody in Blue, its a very nice Rose but blue its not.
Alstroemeria Little miss davina defying the critics who claim this plant is not hardy enough for the North East coast of Scotland.
The climbing Rose Parkdirector riggers has to fight to make its presence felt planted along with the Clematis Blue Angel which is quite robust. This year it fought a bit harder and made a grand show of it.
Rose de rescht can be depended to bloom well every year, this one has an amazing fragrance.
Tree lily (Orienpet) Anastatasia in our garden normally struggles to flower owing to the cool Summers which we have. This year it was sensational, we all by now know the reason for this.
Rosa Mundi, a firm favourite of ours, planted in the round garden.
Climbing Rose Creme de la creme has been trained along the trellis fencing between the round garden and the woodland area.
Such a great colour is the Clematis Durandii. This one weaves its way on ground level in the border just outside our kitchen window.
Clematis Kaiu was introduced to the front garden last Autumn. The small bell shaped flowers appeared in July and continued blooming into October.
Echinacea Purpurea Magnus is a flowering plant which survives in Aberdeen but generally is not robust. This one I planted in a pot last Autumn it produced a single bloom in August of this year I hope to have more success with this one in our Cheshire garden.
Also planted in a pot at the same time was Echinacea Purpurea white swan. This one faired much better producing many blooms from late July through till early October.
Although Rudbeckia Goldsturm is happier than Echinacea in our climate. I still planted it in a pot. Glad I did as it means we can take it with us when we move.
The Rodgersia Podophylla planted near the pond has large leaves which are as spectacular as the blooms.
Monarda Croftway Pink was introduced last Autumn and also planted in a pot. It looked really good from late July well into September. It did show signs of a powdery mildew which I will consider treating next year.
Lilium Regale in our new area of the garden was a sight for sore eyes and the fragrance was heady.
Well thats all folks. Its been an absolute delight keeping in touch with you all from our Aberdeen garden. Watch this space though I am not finished yet, well I am from Aberdeen. I will be back next year at some time and will look forward to catching up with you.
Oh! I almost forgot to tell you. I received an email from the folks at BBC Gardeners World. Seems like they picked up on my blog and are interested in doing a small feature on our garden. Its all arranged now and they are arriving on Tuesday morning and will be here for the whole day. It will be shown on Friday 8th November. You will get a chance to see my old face and possibly my droll Aberdeen voice, unless they give me a voice over using Anthony Hopkins.
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