My most recent visit to Ardtornish Gardens

7th Sept, 2017. The garden is looking good though there is a distinct autumn look to the trees. I weeded the borders and prepared areas for the winter bulb planting. I managed to clear some scrub and ponticum though I get the feeling it grows quicker than we remove it! There are still plenty flowers about and berries are ripening. Allan has the lawns looking great and he is keeping the paths open.

Trees. One of the garden highlights is the show of eucryphias at this time. There are several species and hybrids grown here and all have white flowers with a delicate scent. Eucryphia glutinosa, the only deciduous, one is my favourite and seems to perhaps be the one most suited to the conditions here. A group of Eucryphia x nymansensis planted on the bank by the house about 80 years ago no longer produces the amazing display of a few years ago and several of those have been cut back - some are producing nice new growths.

Shrubs. Hydrangeas are excellent just now and the later paniculata types now in flower. The paniculatas can have very large heads if each stem is pruned back to a couple of buds in spring. "Limelight" has a greenish tinge but my favourite is the brilliant white "Kyushu". There are several Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii "Profusion", Beautyberry but they fail to impress me so far though there is a need for more late-flowering shrubs in the garden. Fuchsias do well.

Inula magnifica Eucryphia glutinosa

Eucryphia glutinosa. Each year, these eucryphias are covered with flowers unless grown in shade where they produce much fewer.

Inula magnifica certainly catches the eye with very large flowers on tall stems.

Roscoea purpurea Clocktower

Clocktower seen through Eucryphia glutinosa. You can see hopw prolific the flowers are and the leaves turn a nice orange-brown before dropping.

Roscoea purpurea is a useful late perennial with unusual flowers. I grew it from seed a number of years ago and now divide it occasionally to spread it around.

"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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