My most recent visit to Ardtornish Gardens

14th June, 2018. This visit was one of weeding and taking people round the garden on the Open Day. The weather was excellent but the midges were dire! The garden was looking good and the star performers were the embothriums and Allan's wildflower meadow which is superb with ox-eye daisies and ragged robin just now and plenty more to come. Allan put an immense amount of work into this meadow.

Trees. The aforementioned Chilean Fire Trees, Embothrium coccineum are covered with scarlet flowers each year at this time. There were a few flowers on the Handkerchief Trees, Davidia involucrata, with many more to come. Enkianthus campanulatus along with some cousins have pretty greenish-pink flowers the same shape and size as a bell heather and which occur in great abundance.

Shrubs. There were still some late rhododendrons and azaleas in flower, the latter providing great fragrance. A walk from the Keeper's Path is planted both sides with tall fragrant pink azaleas. Lovely! Species roses are good and the very fragrant double white rugosa rose "Blanc Double de Coubert" near the foot of the drive rarely flowers better.

Embothrium coccineum Trillium luteum

Trillium luteum has never set seed for me, perhaps because they all are divisions of the original one I purchased. It has a delicate scent and is seen here in association with Dicentra Langtrees, Dicentra Bountiful, pignut and germander speedwell.

Embothrium coccineum is an evergreen with pretty leaves and plentiful scarlet tubular flowers. It seldom sets seed as it is normally pollinated by hummingbirds if I remember correctly. It does however produce suckers, usually some distance from the parent and these can be lifted in autumn or spring or left to form a thicket.

bugle Nomocharis aperta

Nomocharis aperta is easy from seed and does well here if the drainage is good. I prefer it to most lilies.

Blue (and white) poppies surrounded by bugle. Bugle has nice leaves for when it is not in flower and does not choke the plants growing through it.

"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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