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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’

Thursday October 10th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 15

Yet another picture of Hydrangeas…but this time looking in their prime.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ is one of our favourite garden shrubs, easy to grow, and bearing these gorgeous blooms for weeks and weeks and weeks. The ones in the picture are on our sales benches right now, and look pretty good don’t they?

We also have 2 in different parts of the garden, and they’re looking just as good.

Hydrangea paniculata Limelight

What about that fly huh? Should he have been photoshopped into oblivion?

Fly on Hydrangea paniculata Limelight

Handsome sort of chap eh?
He can’t be more than 100 pixels wide, but you can’t miss him can you?

Koelreuteria paniculata

Tuesday October 8th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 13

Our enthusiasm for Koelreuteria paniculata as purveyor of early autumn colour continues unabated.

Koelreuteria paniculata autumn foliage

Always a star in autumn, but every season is different – they’ve turned early this year, and look as if they’ll be leafless before some trees have even started to think about closing down for winter

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Alpengluhen’

Monday October 7th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 12

We probably grow more hydrangeas than we ought;  they’re just such good doers in the garden.

Hydrangea ‘alpengluhen’ is one of the best, and most popular;  a really deep crimson-pink for many weeks in summer, fading through autumn to a gentle – well, what would you call it…?

Hydrangea alpengluhen

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘alpengluhen’, sometimes sold as Hydrangea ‘Glowing Embers’

And yes we know that’s the second autumn hydrangea picture we’ve posted; it may not be the last.

Anemone x hybrida ‘Queen Charlotte’

Friday October 4th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 9

Anemones are supposed to look good at this time of year of course, so for a change, a picture of a flower in its first flush…

Anemone Queen Charlotte

Anemone x hybrida Queen Charlotte

We know what you’re thinking…you’re wondering what that flower would like closer in aren’t you?

Anemone Queen Charlotte close up

And the answer is…lovely!   And no uninvited insect life to mar the shot either (which is usually what we find when we do this sort of thing).

Malus x zumi ‘Golden Hornet’

Thursday October 3rd 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 8

These are some of the burgeoning boughs we mentioned earlier…

Malus profusion

Every one of those little apples will have been a flower in the spring…


Wednesday October 2nd 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 7

Hamamelis Jelena. These leaves are surely only moments from hitting the ground…but in just a few months time (January to be precise) the bare stems will bear flowers to bring a splash of colour to the winter garden…

Hamamelis Jelena autumn foliage

The flowers will be almost exactly that shade of orange….

Autumn Echinacea

Tuesday October 1st 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 6

The name Echinacea is derived from the greek for sea urchin, although it’s often known as the hedgehog plant too – both for pretty obvious reasons. Those spikey bits really are spikey!

Echinacea seed head

Echinacea ‘White Swan’ – obviously not in the first flush of youth, but still looks pretty good doesn’t it?

Apple James Grieve

Monday September 30th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 5

It’s been a cracking year for growing edibles (did we mention that already?).
The apples in our tree aisles don’t often bear much fruit, but this year they’ve been unstoppable.
This is apple James Grieve. They taste even better than they look.

Apple James Grieve 2

James Grieve – delicious as either a dessert or a culinary apple

And if they don’t look delicious enough :

Apple James Grieve

Special offer this year – fruit trees supplied with fruit! But you’ll have to be quick, or we’ll eat them all.

Parrotia persica

Sunday September 29th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 4

Parrotia persica, common name Persian Ironwood; wonderful autumn colour, subtle to begin with (ie, now!) but altogether louder later. We’ll revisit this tree in a few weeks (as long as nobody buys it in the meantime!).

Parrotia persica early autumn colour

Parrotia persica, early autumn colour

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Red Baron’

Saturday September 28th 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 3

Some things age more gracefully than others…this is Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Red Baron’, although there are probably plenty of other red/pink Hydrangea macrophylla cultivars that would look as good.

To be honest, it was a bit on the bright side back in summer when it first came into flower, and we rather prefer this more subtle, faded glory look!

Hydrangea macrophylla Red Baron

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Red Baron’ fading gently into autumn

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