Thursday, 16 October 2014

GBBD in October

         It's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day now. As usually October is colder than September. On October, 2  the temps suddenly dropped from +19 C to +8 C. Although the night temps are not very low, we had the first frost. What plants are hardy or aren't? The most of tender plants as dahlia, begonia, lily, hymenocallis were moved in my greenhouse at the end of September but this did not save them and frost killed their flowers. On the other hand some plants outside were more hardy and still grow and bloom! 
Take a look at them: it's 'Swany' (polyanthus rose), 'Folklore' (climbing rose), the last flower of phlox and sedum.

I've written about my experience in clematis growing and said that some of them did not bloom at all. I was wrong! The blue one decided to bloom and feels well in cold October.

What a treat to look at the apple tree! Full of juice apples ripen and fall, and I have to pick them up for storage.

The Potentilla bush is colorful with its yellow flowers, Parthenocissus is dark red and loses leaves. I've also found two flowers of Cosmos that I had not seen in summer, they are so pretty!

Novi-belgii 'Mont Blanc' asters grew all summer and are in bloom in October, I think they need a bit of cold to flower. Ligularia was moved this spring and it started to bloom very late so has flowers till now. Helenium blooms late this year as well. Aronia is full of ripened black sour berries, perhaps birds will eat all of them next month. Poor little autumn crocus! They unexpectedly sprouted and were so nice within high grass in a dark corner, but... frost killed them.

I enjoy looking at parsley, is green and fresh and I hope will be able to harvest it till snowfall.

I've made apple jam and on the terrace we had tea from mugs that are Helene's gift: they have pictures of her beautiful garden and the words:

 Please, have tea, apples, some jam, help yourself!

Does summer continue in your place? What plants are still in bloom? How do you prepare them to cold weather?

Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Royal Botanic Kew Gardens

I've watched a movie about famous Kew gardens and always wanted to see it by my own. On my holidays I finally went to southwest London and arrived to Victoria gates of Royal Botanic Kew gardens. Before my holidays I learned that:
       it's an internationally important botanical research and education institution, it  employs 750 staff
       its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants 
       in 2003 the gardens were put on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites 
       Kew Gardens has its own police force, which has been in operation since 1847
       in 1840 the gardens were adopted as a national botanical garden in large part due to the efforts of the Royal Horticultural Society

Firstly I came to the Palm house that was built in 1844 and was the first large-scale structural use of wrought iron. It is considered "the world's most important surviving Victorian glass and iron structure."

I took pictures of the front garden where were planted such different flowers as cannas, ageratum, tagetes, pelargonium, begonias, amaranthus and then of the large lake in front of Palm house. The composition of flowers was very colorful, especially I liked blue ageratum.

Then I went to see the Grass Garden. I've read on the Aukse's blog my friend blogger from Lithuania  about her visit there and I wanted to see the Grass garden as well. 

It was created to display ornamental grasses; and was redesigned and replanted in 1994. Over 580 species of grasses are displayed there. In a distance you can see the glass conservatory, it's the Alpine house.

The Davie's Alpine House! It was a surprise for me, because I've never been to such talented designed building. It was opened in March 2006. 

16 meters long the apex of the roof arch of Alpine house extends to a height of 10 meters in order to allow the natural airflow of a building of this shape to aid in the all-important ventilation required for the type of plants to be housed.
I've read on the stand that the Alpine house features a set of automatically operated blinds that prevent it overheating when the sun is too hot for the plants together with a system that blows a continuous stream of cool air over the plants. The main design aim of the house is to allow maximum light transmission. There many small alpine plants in exhibition, I liked crocus and white cyclamen.

After Alpin house I went to the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
Did you know about Kew gardens? Have you been there? What Botanic gardens do you know and love to visit?

to be continued...