My most recent visit to Ardtornish Gardens

4th September, 2018. This visit was one of weeding and clearing scrub. One pleasing thing was finding the old, well-loved secateurs I lost last visit - I always keep them oiled so there was little rust. As usual, Allan has kept the garden looking good and the lawns tidy.

Trees. Some trees are starting to show their autumn colours and could be even better than normal due to the good summer. There are plenty red berries on the rowans and the colour of the ornamental ones range from pink to yellow to white. Cotoneasters seed too freely but always have masses of berries and the leaves colour well in autumn.

Shrubs. Rhododendron Polar Bear still has a few, fragrant flowers. Hydrangeas are better this year than I remember and their flowers are good for months. Fuchsias flower for ages and are graceful in their growth. Flowering nutmeg looks a bit like a huge shrimp plant and seeds itself around without becoming a nuisance.

Wild angelica Eucryphia x nymansensis

Eucryphia x nymansensis trees, once a highlight of the garden, are showing their age and several have been cut back. A couple of those cut look to be reinvigorated but it will be many years before they regain their former glory.

The native Wild angelica is one of my favourite flowers in the garden, and I allow it to grow in most places. It is robust enough to compete with other plants, has good leaves and flowers and never needs any work. Hydrangea Limelight is in the middle.

Acer japonicum Agapanthus Lilliput

Agapanthus Lilliput is less tall than the commonly grown one and has deep blue flowers. The leaves are smaller and tidier. Seen here with montbretia which flowers less well when it becomes too congested.

I think this is the only Acer japonicum apart fron one nearby offspring. It always colours up early in autumn. There are many fine Acer palmatum varieties in the garden.

"The Ardtornish Garden" by Faith Raven includes a short history of the Garden, with photographs of the people who have owned it and of the people who have worked in it and of the plants they grew. It describes the changing colours of the seasons in the Garden and how the work of the gardener has to fit in with the difficulties of the climate. Take a tour of the Garden using the detailed maps and see some of the best view points and the most interesting plantings.
Priced £10 plus £2.60 p&p.   "The Ardtornish Garden"

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