Garden Visits - what inspires you!

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McDonough wrote:

Cliff, those troughs are mighty impressive!  Any close up shots of what's growing in them?

I took a lot of shots during our day at Ness, Mark - but these are the only trough images ...

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus On the moors in Lancashire, U.K. Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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Booker wrote:

McDonough wrote:

Cliff, those troughs are mighty impressive!  Any close up shots of what's growing in them?

I took a lot of shots during our day at Ness, Mark - but these are the only trough images ...

Wow, Cliff.  These are sensational although obviously not a moveable feast.  The big one in the middle is a raised bed all by itself.

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Another batch of images captured at the beautiful Ness Gardens on the Wirral in north-west England on 7th June this year.

Perhaps this topic should be amended to 'Image(s) of the day'?  :D :D

On a more technical note - is it advisable to put the title of each image into the body of this text (see below) to facilitate each image coming into the radar of individual search engines?  This is certainly the case with the very similar forum pages of the Scottish Rock Garden Club?

APOLOGIES HUGH : I HAVE ONLY JUST NOTICED THIS LINKhttp://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=401.msg1980;boardseen#new

DACTYLORHIZA ELATA COLONYDACTYLORHIZA ELATA CLOSERCAMPANULA PETROPHILACOLOUR COMBOARISAEMA CANDIDISSIMUMIRIS / AQUILEGIA COMBINATIONMECONOPSIS COLONYMECONOPSIS CLOSERPARIS YUNNANENSISTROPAEOLUM CLOSER

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus On the moors in Lancashire, U.K. Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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A few more from Ness Gardens in Cheshire, England ... all taken in June 2010.

http://www.liv.ac.uk/nessgardens/about/history.htm

http://www.nessgardens.org.uk/

http://www.discovercheshiregardens.co.uk/GardenDCG.aspx?region=3&refnum=...

http://cheshire.ivisitorguide.com/ness-botanic-gardens/

ALLIUM COLONYNESS GARDENS - GENERAL VIEWNESS GARDENS - FORMAL BEDNESS EUPHORBIANESS ROSEORCHID COLONYORCHID CLOSER

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus On the moors in Lancashire, U.K. Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

Mark McD
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Stunning imagery Cliff!  The Meconopsis and orchid colonies are spectacular, as are the Allium and Phlomis masses.  I like the positive/negative composition on the Ness Rose.  In the red and blue color combo, is that Corydalis elata/omeiana and Phygelius?

Cliff, if you're ok with the idea, I'd like to move your postings on the Ness Garden to the Garden Visits thread, what do you think?

Mark McDonough Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5 antennaria at aol.com  

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McDonough wrote:

Cliff, if you're ok with the idea, I'd like to move your postings on the Ness Garden to the Garden Visits thread, what do you think?

No problem whatsoever, Mark ... I have quite a number of images still to post so it would probably make sense!

Thanks for the kind comments.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus On the moors in Lancashire, U.K. Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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The Ness Garden topic started by Cliff Booker has been merged with this topic; Re: Garden Visits - what inspires you!Portions of responses from Hoy (Trond) and Skulski (Lori) are reproduced here, sorry about them being out of sequence, I'll have to hone my Moderator skills at reassmbling portions of one topic into another.

Message by Hoy (Trond):Cliff, when I look at the picture of Ness Garden and then look out of my window I get a bad conscience! Anybody willing to give a hand? I can keep the food!

Message by Skulski (Lori):I love those first 2 troughs, particularly... The first is wonderfully craggy, and they seem so nicely aged, with all the lichen and moss on the sides.  (Ugghh, I must redo my own pitiful efforts!  :'()

Mark McDonough Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5 antennaria at aol.com  

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Following up with the garden of Peter George in Central Massachusetts, Northeastern USA, I get a chance to see and photograph Peter's garden when we team up to drive out to the western edge of the Massachusetts to attend Berkshire Chapter NARGS meetings. In a recent visit, several species of Orostachys were making a weird and wonderful show.  What's not to like about these fascinating hardy succulents, of similar effect in spring and summer as Sempervivum, but with more airy and effuse rosettes of subtle earth tones.  But it is the otherworldly flower spires in autumn, with bumble bees seemingly glued to them, that really set these plants apart.

1-2  Orostachys aggregata - long slightly sinuous spikes of white flowers flushing to rose once fertilized.

3      O. fimbriata - bright colored rosettes in sunset shades, and long flower spike with orange-tipped spikey cauline leaves                          along the stem. Peter tells me this species is a biennial and should seed around to perpetuate itself.

4-8  O. iwarenge - a familiar plant but a total pleasure in the garden, small rounded glaucous leaves make a forest of little                          creamy yellow rocket-like flower spikes in autumn, these peppered with dark anthers, holding irresistible                           fascination for bees.

9-10 O. iwarenge - for comparison, two views of the silvery olive rosettes in mid August... for some reason they remind me of                          swarming ant colonies.

Mark McDonough Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5 antennaria at aol.com  

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Great Pics!!!  ;D

Albany, Oregon USA. Pacific Northwest, elevation approximately 200ft zone 8. Winter wet and Summer Dry. Hot enough to ripen the peaches.
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...and great plants!  I have never seen those in any Norwegian garden. You say they are completely hardy, Mark? Strange then nobody seems to grow them here.

Trond Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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