Wednesday, 30 December 2020

The Gardens of 'Delargo Towers' - a year on one page


Hello me Darlins, here we are then at the and of December and the end of 2020. Not a good year generally but a very good one for the garden.

I thought I would bring 2020 to a close by taking a leaf out of the lovely Mr Inexplicable DeVice's book by posting a month by month look at the garden through the year.

January 2020.












Well there tiz me lovelies a whole year on one page

We Still have some colour here in the garden. The Salvias carried on almost to Christmas

Our plucky Pelargoniums will give us the odd flower throughout the Winter

And a jolly little Snowdrop has flowered early to herald in the New Year.

Roll on 2021 and Roll on Spring.



Saturday, 19 December 2020

Delargo Towers Fuchsia Fest 2020

 Hello me dears. Here we are then, in the not so bleak Mid Winter.

Our fuchsia are still flowering and have been since May. Because they are always there and always looking fab for so long it is easy to take them a bit for granted. They often don't make it onto the blog as I try to show what has newly come into its season.

To make up for this every year we hold a 'Fuchsia Fest' here at 'Delargo Towers' to showcase our collection of 31 named varieties. No new ones this year due to lockdown I am sorry to say.

So with out any further ado, I declare the 'Delargo Towers Fuchsia Fest 2020'  open!

Abbe Farges

This a darling small flowered Fuchsia, which we have trained ( somewhat badly ) as a half standard.

Alison Patricia

A sweet small flowered Fuchsia. It flowers well but is very slow growing. It is a quarter standard.

Bella Lydia

One of the Bella series all of which are well worth growing. Small, compact and early flowering.

Bella Mariska

Masses of blooms and one of the earliest to flower.

Bella Rosella

This one is a showstopper, one Southern Belles series. It has biggest of all fuchsia flowers

Bella Sophia

Another sweet little flower from the Bella series. It's growth is more lax than the others

Blue Waves

Rich lush and the sepals are 'Neyron rose' !


This is a fabulous Fuchsia and I can't tell you how much flower it has produced, simply tons.

Border Queen

We like this one but it is not a good doer and if anything happened to it I doubt if it would be replaced.


The colours are lovely ( Cream Flushed Pink & Pale Lavender ) but it is the shape of the corolla which makes this one a joy. When its fully open it's like a Ball Gown.


Lovely colour combinations in this one, classified as pinkish green and magenta

CJ Howlett

Upright hardy and strong.

 Deep Purple

Another showy bloom from the Southern Belles series it is naturally lax in habit but we are trying to grow one as half standard anyway.

Devonshire Dumpling

As I come from Devon I had to grow this one and I love it. It has large pink flowers and the buds are completely round like dumplings

 Elfriede Ott

This Triphylla type Fuchsia is a stunner. It contrasts with the others both in shape and colour.


A little gem and such a deep colour. Upright and shrubby.

Hazel Elizabeth

We like to have fuchsias whose names remind us of family and friends. This one is spot on and is rather jolly too, with semi upright flowers.

Holly's Beauty

I adore this Fuchsia. White, tipped with pink and light lavender.


This one could have flowered a bit better than it did this year, but a lush bloom nonetheless.

Katrina Thompsen

The palest of pink flowers

Lady Boothby

I am very fond of this old variety. It is now being marketed as the first climbing Fuchsia

Lady Isobel Barnett

This was the first fuchsia I ever fell in love with and I still love it: pink and mauve upward facing flowers.

Louise Nicholls

Truly elegant upright, pink self. One to think of training for a standard methinks .

Pink Rain

Not many trailing Fuchsia are actually trailing. They tend just to be lax in habit. This is a trailer and flowers like mad.


The Southern Belles series again with large double flowers, white sepals and a lilac-blue corolla


This was new for us last year and we are over the moon with it. It's flowers face, upwards which is fab.

Rose of Castile

A good strong and attractive plant but I can't get excited about it.

Royal Velvet

Another stunner, masses of large double flowers, the tube and sepals crimson red and the corolla is is a deep purple, splashed with crimson.


Now this is a Fuchsia no garden should be with out. Exotic looking rich orange scarlet flowers set off by purple veined, bronzed foliage.

Viva Ireland

Soft pink and violet trailing flowers with extra long elegant sepals.

 Last but in no way least is our extraordinary;

Walz Jubelteen

We do like upward facing flowers, this one has the most upright of them all and in abundance too. It is not just about the flower here, everything works together to make this a fab plant. foliage, vigour shape and it flowers non stop too. A joy !

There we are then me lovelies, that is all 31 of our babies. We hope to have some new arrivals in 2021.

2020 has been a very good year for Fuchsias. Some of them are still in flower now and we are still waiting for them to drop their leaves so we can make them all clean and tidy and ready to go to sleep till the Spring.


See you soon