I was back at beautiful West Dean on Saturday attending a one day course on Propagation. Whilst it was interesting, I’m not sure I learnt a massive amount, but it is always such a pleasure to visit. The grounds are immaculate whatever the time of year, and so it was on Saturday.
The glasshouses were full of fabulously ordered rows of this and that. Here tomaotes,
I took quite a shine to this beauty, ‘Monserrat’
and this enormous Snake Gourd.
The smell in this glass house was unbelievable!
In the walled garden the purple and yellow borders were still looking fabulous.
Just look at this planting combination.
I was particularly taken with this Verbena which was used repeatedly on the corners. All of the plants were absolutely smothered in blooms. I can’t help feel this would look a darn site more interesting in the front of my Swing Beds than the current geraniums with not a flower in sight! (Note too the perfectly matched Penstemon)
Into the Cutting Garden and the colours are much hotter,
including a whole bed of stunning Zinnias. Phwoar!
These three particularly caught my eye – ‘Coral Beauty’, ‘Oriole’ and ‘Cupcake Lime and Lime Red’ (together).
Another fabulous bed, this time of Dahlias.
Clockwise from top left ‘Dark Star’, ‘New Baby’, ‘Summer Night’ and, very similar to ‘Dark Star’ but with rounder petals, ‘Bishop of Auckland’.
And finally a picture of the two plants I took cuttings from as part of the course – Salvia ‘Ember Wishes’
and Fuschia thymifolia.
If none of my cuttings take I really won’t mind. I still met some lovely people and had a fabulous day at one of my very favourite gardens. Thanks West Dean, I’ll be back.