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Looking back to Willow Holt’s open day

I’m very late in posting this, for which many apologies. But I thought it would be nice to post a few pics of Simon and Annetta Turner’s first Open Day for the NGS at their garden, Willow Holt in Folkingham, back in … my goodness! Way back at the end of June! On a freezing cold day, too, just before blazing July got into its stride. Sadly the chilly winds seem to have kept the visitor numbers down and I don’t think the additional NGS publicity brought in many more people than the Turners have had on previous occasions when they’ve opened their garden for SLGS or for village events, but the garden was looking as good as ever, and Colin from Swines Meadow Farm Nursery had an interesting array of unusual plants for sale, too.

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A fantastic ‘Wedding Day’ rose growing up a Scots pine

One of the Turners' funky chickens!

One of the Turners’ funky chickens!

Globe artichokes by the raspberries in the vegetable garden

Globe artichokes by the raspberries in the vegetable garden

Aloysia [Lippia] citrodora (lemon verbena) in a greenhouse

Aloysia [Lippia] citrodora (lemon verbena) in a greenhouse

Loganberries (or are they tayberries?) and redcurrants

Loganberries (or are they tayberries?) and redcurrants

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Large herbaceous border with Scots thistle, Macleaya, delphiniums, Campanula lactiflora, Geranium psilostemon etc

Pristine white delphiniums in the herbaceous border

Pristine white delphiniums in the big herbaceous border

Detail of the big herbaceous border: I'm guessing at white Sanguisorba tenuifolia, Ligularia 'The Rocket' and Campanula lactiflora?

Detail of the big herbaceous border: I’m guessing at white Sanguisorba tenuifolia, Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ and Campanula lactiflora?

Rose border by the main lawn (sorry, I don't know the cultivar), with Verbascum chaixii 'Album', Alchemilla mollis, lavender etc, looking across to a mixed shrub border with purple hazel, Clematis 'Durandii', phlomis, catmint, alliums etc

Rose border by the main lawn (sorry, I don’t know the cultivar), with Verbascum chaixii ‘Album’, Alchemilla mollis, lavender etc, looking across to a mixed shrub border with purple hazel, Clematis ‘Durandii’, phlomis, catmint, alliums etc

A gorgeous single rose (sorry, I don't know the cultivar) in the shrub border by the main lawn

A gorgeous single rose (sorry, I don’t know the cultivar) in the shrub border by the main lawn

Clematis cultivars on metal supports by the main lawn

Clematis cultivars on metal supports by the main lawn

Herbaceous border detail by the main lawn: Gillenia trifoliata

Herbaceous border detail by the main lawn: Gillenia trifoliata

Detail of herbaceous planting by the main lawn: astrantias and salvia  S. x sylvestris cultivar?)

Detail of herbaceous planting by the main lawn: astrantias and salvia S. x sylvestris cultivar?)

Commemorative lead planter in the walled garden, with Convolvulus cneorum and chicken sculptures; surrounding planting includes delphiniums, paeonies, white astilbe (?), Geranium 'Rozanne' and prostrate rosemary

Commemorative lead planter in the walled garden, with Convolvulus cneorum and chicken sculptures; surrounding planting includes delphiniums, paeonies, white astilbe (?), Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and prostrate rosemary

A superb specimen of Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea'

A superb specimen of Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’

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