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.
A fantastic ‘Wedding Day’ rose growing up a Scots pine
One of the Turners’ funky chickens!
Globe artichokes by the raspberries in the vegetable garden
Aloysia [Lippia] citrodora (lemon verbena) in a greenhouse
Loganberries (or are they tayberries?) and redcurrants
Large herbaceous border with Scots thistle, Macleaya, delphiniums, Campanula lactiflora, Geranium psilostemon etc
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?
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
Clematis cultivars on metal supports by the main lawn
Herbaceous border detail by the main lawn: Gillenia trifoliata
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
A superb specimen of Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’