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 




  1. Lovely; the last flush of blooms before all light slips away - and just in time to complement the pending Dolores Delargo Towers entry in Mr DeVice's "Infomaniac Garden Photos Event 2021", which is in full swing... Jx

    1. The Delargo Gardens are set to feature in the Garden Photos Event on 20th November! I'm showing the gardens in the order that I received them, with two-and-a-half days for each garden (in order to squeeze them all in this month).

    2. I have been looking forward to Mr D. holding the "Infomaniac Garden Photos Event 2021" once again this year. I am however and as always all behind like a cows tail and have a lot of catching up to do.

    3. There are some wonderful sights at the Event this year (as always). Fortunately, the gadens are open all year round so you have plemty of time to peruse them at your leisure, Madam A.

      Oh, and The Delargo Gardens have been bumped up to 18th November!

  2. It maybe Autumn, but the Delargo Gardens are still so colourful! And that ash tree (is it an ash - I'm not very good with trees, and can't really tell?) is gorgeous. If only the horrid sycamores were more like that.

    The Impatiens with the Fuchsia are a lovely combination, and I am quite taken with your Salvia coccinea. Your Ricinus is going great guns! After a good start, mine didn't grow very well and never really got over the cold - one of them flowered a couple of months ago, and both dropped most of their leaves shortly afterwards.
    My Cobaea - like yours - is doing splendidly though. A little too well, in fact. The one on the south-facing wall that has it's roots in the ground rather than in a pot, was on the verge of taking over the house until the recent gale force winds blew it down! But it's bouncing back ominously...

    I bet your Sarcococca hookeriana will imbue your garden with a lovely scent!

    1. Hello dear nice to see you in the garden again.
      The tree is not an Ash but does indeed look like one. It is an American Black Walnut,'Juglans Nigra.
      I think you should give Salvia coccinea a go. We love it and grow it from seed every year. It flowers well in the first year as you can see but it is in fact a perennial.
      Glad to hear your Cobaea is doing so well. My sister planted hers in the ground down in Devon. It went berserk, survived the Winter and grew back stronger than ever the following Spring.

  3. At least you still have color. The gardens here lasted almost a month longer then normal. While still warm here, we had a cold spell last week....most annuals were claimed in the two night frost...the Salvias are all that remain and the hearty mums and autumnal cabbages of course....but one more frost and the saliva will be done. The spring bulbs were planted just in time before the first frost.

    1. Hello Mistress.
      Gosh frost already how awful. We should be safe for a while and the salvias and fuchsias should keep going for good bit yet. Like you our bulbs are in too. Something for us all to look forward to next Spring

  4. Always a treat!
    Perhaps I should invest in Cobaea? Does it survive mud and dogs?

    1. Hello dear.
      Give it a go, it's great fun to grow. It likes it down there in Devon.