THE AWARD WINNING HISTORIC GARDENS IN SUMMER

Summer has finally arrived in the historic gardens.

WHAT'S IN FLOWER IN OUR SUMMER GARDEN:

The Famous Himalayan Blue Poppies 'RHS AWARD OF GARDEN OF MERIT' are in full flower (20.6.15):
The poppies in Dalemain’s Low Gardens are in full flower this week and a visit is highly recommended as the arresting display of deep-blue Himalayan poppies, (Meconopsis grandis Dalemain), will be in full bloom for the next two weeks. They are famous for their striking colour. The original poppy plant was formerly given to Sylvia McCosh, Jane Hasell-McCosh’s mother-in-law, by George Sheriff who had discovered the seedlings growing in Bhutan in 1934.  Dalemain was delighted to announce in 2014 that the meconopsis Dalemain was awarded an ‘RHS Award of Garden Merit’ for the famous Himalayan Blue Poppy (meconopsis Dalemain) after extensive trials at the RHS.

OTHER FLOWERS:

Our spring bulbs have been enjoying the cooler weather and have had a prolonged display this year. They are now going over, but some spring flowers are still going strong; Exochorda x macrantha 'The Bride' is still laden with blossom, Ajuga reptans and Dicentra spectabilis are continuing to make a show and there is still plenty of apple blossom to be enjoyed. Silene fimbriata is starting to flower in the greenhouse border and Silene dioica flore pleno and 'Purple prince' have both just begun to flower up the rose walk, soon to be joined by Papaver orientale 'Patty's plum' and Dianthus barbatus 'Sooty'. Roses and cranesbills are in bud or starting to flower and many other plants are ready to burst forth.
 

THE ESSENCE OF AN ENGLISH GARDEN: THE ROSES AT DALEMAIN

The garden is looking particularly beautiful and for over 100 years there have been roses at Dalemain.  The roses are a central focus of the garden at this time of the year and visitors can enjoy a bountiful vision of roses throughout June and July. Gertrude Hasell of Dalemain had the inspiration of planting them on the front of the house and they thrive there, further enhancing the magnificent Georgian façade.  However in the main garden particularly the Terraced Garden and Rose Walk there are a whole collection of old fashioned roses planted by Sylvia Hasell and added to by Jane Hasell McCosh. 

They are at their best flowering for the month of June and July and scenting the walled garden with their fragrance.  The Rose Walk is filled with more than 150 different varieties of classic roses with climbers underplanted with shrub roses. During the midsummer, there is a plethora of colour and intoxicating fragrance of lemon, nutmeg and cinnamon. The bright and pristine roses create a magical setting. There are old fashioned roses for sale in the plant stall which also has a wonderful selection of other plants.  

     

NEW PROJECTS AND WORK IN PROGRESS 2015:

We are undertaking a big programme of renovation in the LOW GARDEN & this will be ongoing throughout the year.  We have nearly finished work on our new path in the sprial garden and the new stone steps at the top of the garden will be finished by early summer.

Gardening tips:
  • Keep weeding your beds! Time spent weeding now will pay dividends next year. Remember to be very thorough with weeds such as bindweed, ground elder and enchanter's nightshade; the tiniest bit of root left in the soil will happily regenerate. If you can catch weeds such as bittercress and goosegrass before they go to seed, so much the better.

  • Plant out summer bedding plants now. It's not too late to sow fast growing plants such as Calendula and Cosmos for a colourful display late in the season.

  • Cutting back Pulmonaria, after it has flowered, will provide nice fresh leaf growth for the summer months.

  • Prune spring flowering shrubs and trees once they have finished flowering.

  • Feed and weed lawns, or alternatively go round with a daisy grubber removing unwanted weeds such as dandelions.

  • Keep up with the staking; many plants grow fast at this time of year and a mass of blooms can weigh them down. Strong winds and heavy rain can also wreak havoc.

    And finally:

  • In amongst all this busy-ness, don't forget to enjoy your garden; on a sunny evening, be still and notice things: which plants are thriving and which could do with more space, which plants would make good partners for future planting schemes, who's nesting where, and what is that lovely scent wafting on the breeze....

We look forward to seeing you in the Garden!

The Dalemain Gardening Team

 



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