On-going Rudbeckia Trial (84 cultivars on display) – The People’s Choice Award 2020 is open for votes until the end of September
I rather liked Rudbeckia ‘SmileyZ Party’, a strong basic yellow, with deliberate chocolate painted markings at the base of each petal.
Giant sunflowers in the global vegetable garden almost dwarf the octagonal glasshouse in the middle! Substantial staking was in evidence, which was a good thing since Storm Ellen was upon us at the time!
Sadly, Box Caterpillar has reached Hyde Hall. Their current approach is to catch the male moths in pheromone traps and monitor numbers.
Spent echium spikes made the dry garden feel rather prehistoric and moody, especially with the weather.
Zingy dahlias have been used in this year’s edible tuber display. I loved this pairing.
Tree ferns are beginning to make quite an impact in the boggy (natural spring), sunken Robinson Garden.
A study in burgundy – probably my favourite of the four colour-themed bays in the herbaceous borders that run down the west side of the rose garden
The hilltop Dry Garden showcases over 400 drought-tolerant plants including many grasses, bulbs and silver leaved perennials. How long till all our gardens look like this?