Needless to say, much of the visit passed by in a blur - which wasn't as bad as it seemed as most of the gardens had obviously had their day and were looking a bit tired. However, I did manage to get some snaps of a handful of unusual or distinctive flowers.
These are seed heads from some sort of ghastly lily, I think?
A feathery, clockwise-curving fern
Some decorative grass (that Jon will detest! - to be fair, it's just bird seed as I've got some growing under the bird table in the Mansion gardens)
Some pale and common-looking Eucomis - not a patch on my "Sparkling Burgandies"!
I took the photo of the semi-circular steps above because they reminded me of the steps (or was there just one? I can't remember) leading down to the paysho at Castle DeVice (from when SP was still corporeal).
However, I've just found an old photo with a partial view of the step/s - and a Moom!! - and our paysho steps aren't as glamorous and grand as I remembered. How disappointing...
Oh, well. On with the show:
A waterlily (well, duh!)
A miniature rock garden
I don't know what this is but it's certainly very striking!
I'm not a fan of dahlias, but this one is stunning!
As we were leaving, I thought to revisit some of my steps from last September's visit to try and identify some of the plants I've grown from the seeds I nabbed back then. As yesterday's visit was a month earlier in the year than 2019's visit, I hoped that the plants might be in flower, and thus readily identifiable - and they were, kind of.
Above is Indian pokeweed (I think?) - the seeds that I took didn't germinate, though. Below are the Crinum (or similar) from which I obtained that bum-shaped seed.
And these stringy-looking leaves below are a type of bulb that the completely "Unknown" (number 9 on the list in last year's post) came from. There were one or two dead flower stems sticking up amongst some other plants that helped me match it up to the seeds that I took. I'm still none the wiser as to what type of bulb it is, but it's something.
Below is the resulting plant from one of the Crinum seeds, and the grassy-looking leaves from the "Unknown" bulb in front:
Above and below are Echiums (see here - thanks, Mitzi) - at least one of which came from a seed from the Old Vicarage Gardens (the large one below, I think?). The others came from the Echium that languished in my shady garden earlier this year, which was grown from seeds collected from Cromer churchyard.
And this pathetic little thing below is the only Dianella caerulea seedling that survived slugs and/or snails:
On a related note, I have a few more photos from a bike ride to Frogshall on Sunday. This beautiful plant below is a dreaded Himalayan balsam! I took seeds from one at the Old Vicarage Gardens last year not realising what they were, but destroyed them when I discovered their invasive nature. And now I find out that there's one growing close to home!
The Jubilee Bridge at Frogshall has been replaced: