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Coach trip with Gardeners' Forum on 21st June 2017

 

Some pictures taken in our garden the day before going on the trip, the roses and the poppy were over by the time we got home

The Pilgrim

Graham Thomas

Hardy Hippeastrum

Eryngium giganteum

Papaver orientalis 'Turkish Delight'

Arisaema tortuosum - some at Hillier's too

Arisaema candidissima

There were many varied sculptures around the gardens, they diverted our attention from the plants.   It was a very warm day with temperatures over 30C.   Sunhats, umbrellas, drinks and Jude's ice-creams helped out.

gpsfrom the camera below showing where the pictures were taken

Salmon

Canal

Sycamore seeds

Giant Pine Cone by Tom Hare

'The Girls' - Roosting hens by Tony Smither

Woowoo By Stan Jankowski

'Sitting Vixen' by Tony Smither the Potentilla was flowering very well in the shade

Molluscs

Doug (Rook on a fork) by Michael Kusz http://www.graculus.co.uk/

Smoke bush & hemerocallis

Close up

Lovebat by Michael Kusz

Eucalypt with pink blush

Verbascums

With poppies

Pheasant by Emily Stone

Cornus kousa chinensis

Cornus with pink edges

Duck house

Fighting stags

Mostly green

Summer house

Campanula lactiflora

Dragonfly

School party behind the bamboos

Who needs flowers?

Landing heron

Yellow hoses in use

From sea to shore by Lynn Warren

Tall dainty plant - gomphostigma virgatum a buddleja relative

Thought Provoking by Lynn Warren

Ikebana 20 by Ian Marlow MRBS

Heron by Paul Harvey

The top one could be a penguin

Guinea Fowl by Paul Harvey

Barn Owl by Paul Harvey

Dianthus

A face in the crowd by Adrian Gray

Sir Harold Hillier

Dragonfly

Romneya coulteri

Possibly a little owl without a beak

Jermyns

Stag

Arabian Mare and Foal by Jane Foddy

We had lunch in the Restaurant, enjoyed the Plant Centre then returned to the coach for the trip to Hardy's.   Rosy talked to us about the way plants were propagated and grown on.   There was a splendid machine to fill plant pots with compost ready for a person to put in the plug of plant material.   Plant material for the shows was kept under natural conditions to be brought out through the season as needed.

I bought a purple Actea, this is really the last time that I am trying this... and some dark red penstemons

The journey home was a bit trying for the driver, but it was a good well-organised trip and we enjoyed it.