Tuesday, 3 November 2020

GPE #2 : Exploring Jon's Back Passage

Welcome to the second garden of the

10th Anniversary  I N F O M A N I A C  Garden Photos Event 

 Today we find ourselves in the delightful surroundings of the Extensive Grounds of Delores Delargo Towers in North London, as attended to by Jon and Madam Arcati.  So, without further ado, I'll hand you over to Jon so he can guide you through his lush and verdant back passage...  Remember to click the pics to engorge!

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Spring came quite early to the extensive gardens here at Dolores Delargo Towers this year and was awash with colour, given the mild winter and the lovely sunny spells that greeted the beginning of lockdown - and at least being at home every day meant we could enjoy it! Crocus, hyacinths, cyclamen, anemones, chionodoxa, dwarf iris, ipheon, fritillaria, snowdrops, (and later) tulips, aquilegia and bluebells all thrived beautifully.

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We had magnificent shows in late Spring, with that season's lilies, Dutch iris, alliums, forget-me-nots, thalictrum, aquilegias, osteospermum and jasmine overlapping with the fuchsias, phlox, tradescantia and annuals such as ipomoea that kept on going for months.

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In the run-up to midsummer, phlox, jasmine and fuchsias were joined by the rambling rose, more lilies, hollyhocks, monarda, geraniums, hemerocallis, dahlias, lobelia, pelargoniums, begonias, thunbergia and Spanish Flag, and the salvias and perovskia began to bloom.

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Late summer and well into autumn, although the phlox and annual climbers gave it a good go, salvias, dahlias, agastache, verbena, asarina, cobaea and fuchsias definitely held sway and will continue to do so well into the first knockings of winter, unless there is an early frost.

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Here's the "evolution of my back passage", by way of an amuse bouche...

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And I haven't forgotten the "Terrifying Triffidery" segment, either - so I submit this horror:

...which is of course, far more enjoyable when not pictured in negative:

Salvia Amistad

Roll on next year (and with the bulbs already planted, we're more than prepared for it)!

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 Thank you, Jon.  That was a stunning selection as always.  I was wondering, though: try as I might, I could not find a glimpse of your hoe - does his time-share with Mistress Maddie mean he was at hers when the photos were taken?

 And talk of the devil, the next post will find us across the pond to take in the delights that Maddie, the Mistress Borghese, has to offer!

32 comments:

  1. Jon's back passage is gorgeous, words I thought I'd never say.

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    1. Fragrant too, I shouldn't wonder.

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    2. It is quite the Box of Delights!*


      * reply sponsored by Jon's latest post.

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  2. I would like to spend some time up Jon’s back passage - which sounds even more odd than wot Norma said. I hoping that someday his green fingers will.... nope, I’m gonna stop myself right there.
    Sx

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    1. Blimey! I thought I might have to press the censor button!

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  3. Apologies, My niece, Charmaine hacked my account. Sorry Jon, always love the garden pictures at Madame Arcarti’s.
    Sx

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    1. Ah, that explains it. I hope you've banished Charmaine back to the attic?

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  4. Lordy! A "back passage fan club" - and Charmaine too!

    Thank you, Mr DeVice, for being such a genial host - the "hoe" says hello, too, from his cage under the stairs. I have to keep him out of Maddie's clutches somehow...

    Jx

    PS I will master the art of gif-making eventually.

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    1. I think your gif is quite the marvel!

      Now, when lockdown is over, I might have to come and pay you a visit. Don't worry, I can manage to put my Broom in your under-the-stairs cupboard without any help...

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    2. We'll probably be celebrating Beltane with some fairies, possibly burning a wicker man. You're welcome to join us, dear. Jx

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    3. Thank you! I imagine one more fairy won't hurt.

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  5. Well I must say this doesn't surprise me in the slightest...the beauty. I stop by Jon and Madam Arcati's to view their handy work...always takes my breath away. I do believe the Mistress Maddie is part bloodhound. Good luck hiding men or gin, for that matter, from her clutches.

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  6. Drooling I am.
    That might sound as though I was auditioning for yet another Star Wars. Nope. Just a tad envious and very, very impressed.

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    1. I look forward to seeing Yoda's gardening triumphs :-)

      Jx

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  7. now thems are some talents gardeners, bravo..... unlike the dump i'm employed at. but i'll have you know the mistress personally over saw that houseboys interview process and personally showed him how to wax his wooden hoe.

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  8. Stunning! Who knew that Jon and Madame Arcati were hiding such delights up their back passage?

    Now I can't get Nat King Cole's "Ramblin' Rose" song out of my head.

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    1. Better than "Baby Got Back", I suppose... Jx

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  9. Impressive, sweetpea! Highly impressive and I love the flowers, too! ;~) xoxox

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  10. Yet another triumph. Thank you for introducing me to Spanish Flag, I'll be looking out for that, it's a beauty.

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    1. Reminiscent of Red hot pokers.

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    2. It certainly is - and it flowers for ages! Jx

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  11. Thank you, Jon, for responding to all these comments - I'm exhausted and I've only had to do four (five including this one). I just hope the rest of the gardening Blogorati take a leaf out of your book (no pun intended) when their gardens are featured.

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  12. I always enjoy Jon and Madame Arcadi's back passage. I would love to see it up close and personal one day. It always takes one's breath away. I would have said something more witty and been on time, but last night was a roller coaster. I don't do well with anxiety dear.

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    1. My back passage has always been a source of solace and comfort for all types of visitors. Jx

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    2. You get the gin ready...Ill pop in.

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  13. I live in a sort of on-going, simmering envy of Jon's beautiful garden.

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    1. You and me both. And loads more to boot!

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    2. It's our pride and joy... Jx

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