Thursday, 30 September 2021

The Delargo Gardens - September

Well be lovelies, here we are again and late again. I am all behind like a cow's tail.

Summer is over and I feel cheated by it! what a rubbish Summer it was too, What with that and the ever encroaching weed trees depriving us of any sunlight that there might have been we are forced rethink the garden for next year! 

Shade, shade and more shade. We and our plants need and want Sun, sun, sun. Next year the garden will be even more shaded by the evil weed trees.

Summer is gone but what i love about our garden is how it changes and gives new delights as the seasons progress. Above is our Cobaea, which has just come into flower this month.

  It's the first time we have grown this and I love it. Ricinus communis, 'New Zealand Purple' Next year I think we shall have two one either side of the Purple Cordyline

New Guinea Impatiens have given us so much colour and take the shade well. I think we will be using them a lot more next year.

Just starting to flower now, Ipomoea Lobata.

It is always a joy but almost impossible to photograph well.

New to us and sown from seed this Spring 'Agastache Cana, 'Heather Queen'

 and our tried and trusted, Agastache Liquorice Blue. The leaves do smell of liquorice.

The Salvias are truly coming into their own now and are starting to dominate the garden. This is Salvia Rockin Fuchsia.

Salvia patens 'Patio Deep Blue'

 The wonderful and never to be without, Salvia Amistad.

Above is Salvia uliginosa (Bog Sage) with Salvia 'Nachtvlinder' below.

Salvia 'Love and Wishes'

September has seen the last flowers on our Daylilies. This is Hemerocallis 'Crimson Pirate'. It has flowered really well this year and has been a great joy.

Not performing so well this year, our Dahlias. They are flowering but have failed to give us the display that we have come to expect from them.

Our 'Bishop's Children' seedling.

and 'Bishop of Llandaff'

Crocosmia Emily McKenzie started flowering last month and is looking fab this month. We love it.

If you need a big splash of colour in your garden this time of year then Begonia 'Sangria' will certainly do the job for you.

Our last Petunia this year and probably for the foreseeable future. They have struggled with the lack of sunshine and will be replaced with Begonias, New Guinea Impatiens and (if we can get them) Mimulus.

Verbena bonariensis always looks fab where ever it is but at the moment mixed in with the tall Salvias it looks amazing.

What can you say about this plant that has not already been said? Geranium "Rozanne". It never stops flowering and is a must have in any garden.

 Another good doer is Nicotiana affinis. It has been flowering non stop since late Spring and shows no sign of stopping now. The scent in the evening is just gorgeous.

Tiny flowers but still a delight Ipomoea quamoclit 'Cardinalis'.

 There tiz then me lovelies. Now all aboard the Sky Lark for a coach tour of the extensive gardens and grounds here at 'Delargo Towers'.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. Before we all make our way to the Tea Rooms, we have just time for a sneak preview of the New Year Fuchsia-fest. 

Fuchsia "Elfrieda Ott":

There Tiz then me darlins till next time.

Now don't you worry me dears, shade or no shade we will carry on gardening - as we say where I come from "You cant change the wind but you can adjust your sails."

And the Spirit of the Woods will always look after us.


Monday, 30 August 2021

The Delargo Gardens - August

Here we is then me darlins, better late than never. Now then I do feel a terrible guilt about being as late as I is but thanks to being able to back date it no one else will need to know so it can be our little secret.

August! It has felt like early November for most of the month; the central heating came on and I have been wearing a fleece in the daytime! Be that as it may, things are still growing and still flowering.


We kick off with a newbie. We have grown a pink phlox for many years and thought it might be fun to add another. Say hello to Phlox paniculata 'Blue Boy'.

Also new this year and grown from seed: Agastache cana 'Heather Queen' It is lovely but a little scruffy but would look good in amongst other plants. The scent from the leaves is said to repel mosquitoes!

 After waiting a year for it to flower our "deep dark blue" Agapanthus turned out to be a lovely pale blue - we complained and got our money back so we got this little beauty for free!

The evil weed trees are blocking out our sun more and more. We have several plants that are suffering from that this year. Our Hollyhocks are amongst its victims. We had a pathetic show this year.

New last year and was looking amazing by the end of the month: Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie'


Our Eucomis is a bit smaller than last year (poor watering and feeding on my part I am sure). We also have baby  Eucomis of a different variety from the lovely Mr. Device which is now just a toddler - far too young to flower but doing very well.

September is the month that Salvias dominate the gardens here at 'Delargo Towers'. The joy this month is having the early ones still in flower and the later ones just starting, all flowering together.

Above is Salvia Coccinea, grown from seed, and below Salvia patens 'Patio Deep Blue', which has flowered non-stop all summer long.

New this year and bought for Jon's Birthday, Salvia 'Rockin Fuchsia' which is just fabulous. It is set against another new Salvia 'Verticillata Purple Rain', which though past its best, is a must-have plant.

Salvia 'Love and Wishes' is similar but much darker.

The Queen of Salvias - 'Amistad' !

Lastly, Salvia uliginosa:

I was never a fan of Begonias but they are such good do-ers and take a lot of shade... This is 'Sangria'. It is big and is at least 3 years old.

Clematis 'General Sikorski' with Nicotiana affinis

Scaevola "Fairy Fan Flower"; and lets be honest - every Fairy needs a fan.

I said earlier about the encroaching shade from the evil weed trees. This will be the last year for our Monardas. They are just so sad and pathetic. We will not see them in this garden next year.

Lobelia x speciosa "Fan Burgundy"

The last of the Lilies to flower this year, Lilium speciosum var. Rubrum


Now then me dear we are of onto the Grand tour of our extensive gardens.

The Red and Yellow border.

Looking up

Up to the top field...

Next is Ricinus communis, 'New Zealand Purple' It had a hard start in the Spring and I hoped it would have been much bigger than it is. It can still give the ones in Regent's Park a run for their money and they have glass houses too, which we regrettably don't.

Looking down from the top field.

My "Wine Time" spot.

A look up our back passage

Lush !

We finish with a Fuchsia! All of our 38 named varieties are doing well and looking Fab. You will have to wait until the New Year 'Fuchsia Fest' to see them all. 

This is Devonshire Dumpling. We lost it last Winter but managed to replace it.

As a Devon Dumpling myself I love it

There tiz then my lovelies

Till next time. The tea pot will waiting for you.