Sunday, 31 October 2021

The Delargo Gardens - October

Hear we are me dears and the garden is looking very Autumnal.

 Many of the plants have died back ready for Winter but some, like our Ipomoea lobata (Spanish Flag) are at their best now.

As are the Salvias, they featured last month but are at their peak this month. This is Salvia uliginosa

Salvia 'Amistad'
Salvia coccinea
Salvia 'Love & Wishes'
Salvia patens “Patio Deep Blue
Salvia “Rockin' Fuchsia”
and last but not least Salvia x jamensis “Nachtvlinder”

Coboea scandens is also flowering well at the moment. We grow it up the wall every year but this year have also grown it along the fence. It seems to have flowered better and of course growing horizontally it is much easier to see the flowers. We shall certainly do that again next year.

 One of the unsung heroes of the garden is our plucky little Pelargoniums.
They flower all summer and with luck sporadically through the Winter.

Another non-stop flowerer is the amazing and lovely Geranium 'Rozanne'. No wonder it one the 'Chelsea Flower Show' - Plant of the Century. every garden should have some.

 Unexpectedly, Dianthus (Carnation), magenta, is still flowering giving us it's delightful scent.

We were talking about good doers in the garden. Now then me lovelies this is one such and one we rely on every year at 'Delargo Towers' Impatiens hawkeri (New Guinea impatiens) This year we grew the variety 'Aubergine' but it is a much prettier colour than that.

We struggled in the Spring with it but the Ricinus communis, 'New Zealand Purple' or Castor Oil Plant has done well and is coming into flower.

It has not been the best year for our Dahlias.To be honest me dears they have been a bit neglected.

They didn't give a marvelous display but they have flowered right through the Season.

We love Thunbergia (“Black-Eyed Susan”). It has done particularly well against the wall rather than as a free standing pillar. this is ' African Sunset Mix next year I think we will go back to the more traditional bright orange.

There we are then me darlins, you have seen the gems of the collection now it's, 'All Aboard the Skylark' for a quick motorized tour of the Gardens and grounds. I shall meet you in the Tea Rooms afterwards.

Now that you are suitably refreshed with tea and cakes, we find ourselves almost at the end of our visit. There is just enough time to have a look at what's new and what's coming up.

We are pleased to announce an exciting new addition to the collection, Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna “Purple Stem”

Autumn is here and Winter is not far away and to prove it the first of our Cyclamen persicum has come into flower.

As have the first Polyanthus.

Finally I leave you with a sneak preview of the much anticipated Annual Fuchsia Fest which is held every New Year. This Month the spotlight falls on 'Swing-time'

Hope you enjoyed your visit and I look forward to seeing you back in the garden next month.

We will have a lot to do before then, with clearing leaves, tidying things up and generally getting things sorted before Winter sets in proper. So till then it's