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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

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Barbara Blossom Ashmun garden

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front garden from the street

front garden from the street

from the street

from the street

Just a hint that she loves daylilies

Just a hint that she loves daylilies

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Barbara had won a raffle prize plant during the morning lecture series.  Usually one does not get the prize if one is not present at the drawing.  A kind exception was made because “she’s home getting her garden ready for the tour.”  I later overheard someone speculating that she had been home deadheading her dozens of daylilies, as they were absolutely perfectly deadheaded and dead-leafed.

On the front lawn, a tour guest made much of Barbara’s cat.

I wished I had gotten to the cat first...

I wished I had gotten to the cat first…

But I did not want to intrude.

But I did not want to intrude.

Allan's photo; I missed this opportunity.

Allan’s photo; I missed this opportunity.

path to back garden

path to back garden

clematis arch

clematis arch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

clematis close up

clematis close up

clematis

clematis

This reminds me of a poem that I once read in a Heronswood catalog:

Because it grows on a lattice, some people call it clemAtis, 

But Mr. Webster will not cease to hiss until they call it CLEMatis.

A poem for Barbara herself was mounted at the beginning of the back garden.

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emerging to the back garden

emerging to the back garden

stunning flower brought lots of "what is it?" questions.  Did I write down the answer?  No...

stunning flower brought lots of “what is it?” questions. Did I write down the answer? No…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

lilies

lilies

the back garden

the back garden

Barbara her ownself

Barbara her ownself

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Barbara had a thoughtful gift for tour guests: a copy of one of her books.

Book: Married to My Garden

Book: Married to My Garden

Barbara is also the author of The Garden Design Primer, a book that I own and enjoyed.

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How I covet her circular greenhouse!

How I covet her circular greenhouse!

I’ve never seen a greenhouse like that anywhere else.

inside

inside

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

(Allan and I tour each garden at a different pace, and sometimes in different directions, so it always amuses me when we get almost the same photo.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Barbara displayed a collection of conifers and other small trees in pots around the greenhouse.  Here are some photos for Steve and “conifer man” John.  (My memory is weak, but I do believe that John is the most avid conifer collector of the two.)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

trees

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Moonlight Lace Hinoki Cypress

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conifer5

The enormous back garden has a series of swirling beds of perennials, with an emphasis on Barbara’s daylily collection.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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daylilies

peach

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picotee

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gold

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looking back toward the house

looking back toward the house

a lattice house and a plant sale

a lattice house and a plant sale

from the other side of the lattice house

from the other side of the lattice house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a path by the lattice house

a path by the lattice house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

astilbe and irises

astilbe and irises

redbud

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

at the beginning of a natural wildlife area

at the beginning of a natural wildlife area

toward the back of the garden

toward the back of the garden

a conifer with personality

a conifer with personality

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

exploring the furthest back path

exploring the furthest back path behind the natural swale

along the back of the garden

along the back of the garden

the compost/debris heap at the very back corner

the compost/debris heap at the very back corner

turning to head back to the main gardens

turning to head back to the main gardens; the boards hint that this is probably wet in the winter

a wild (wetland?) area for birds and critters

a wild (wetland?) area for birds and critters

Dragonflies abounded in there (and were buzzing around at top speed)

Dragonflies abounded in there (and were buzzing around at top speed)

re-entering civilization

re-entering civilization

allium with its little hat

allium with its little hat

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

plant tag examination (Allan's photo)

plant tag examination (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a daylily sales table was almost sold out

a daylily sales table was almost sold out

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

botanical illustration cards for sale

botanical illustration cards for sale

by the house again (Allan's photo)

by the house again (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We exited the back garden by the other side of the house, through another clematis arbour.

looking back

looking back

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo.  I like little dahlias of this type.

Allan’s photo. I like little dahlias of this type.

front garden daylily

front garden daylily

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daylilies and hosta

daylilies and hosta

colour echo

colour echo

in the front garden

in the front garden

departing from Barbara's Playground

departing from Barbara’s Playground

sedums by the street

sedums by the street

streetside garden

streetside garden

Tonight: a bonus post of the tour garden just up the street from Barbara’s, as we hope to eventually get back to the present day in this blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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