As before in Part One, click the pictures to enlarge, and click again to enlarge further. (This doesn’t work with all of them, but does with most of them.)
The Patrick Seymour Alpine Garden.
Entering the Patrick Seymour Alpine Garden under a grey sky.
A new poppy border at the entrance to the Alpine Garden.
Clematis fremontii, a North American species, herbaceous yet shrub-like.
Anemone demissa. Best in show, on this particular day.
Globularia cordifolia, another name I hope to see in the 2011 seed catalogue.
Look at the size of this flower compared to the plant’s leaves. Name? I missed the label. Some type of campanula, I guess (C alpestris possibly).
An alpine slope viewed from below the pond. Stone walkways up the slopes and along the ridges allow for close inspection of the alpine garden’s many intriguing species.
Daphne cneorum ‘Ruby Glow’ on the north-facing slope, above the pond. In the previous photo, it is the shrub touching the the top-left corner of the big rock slab at centre-right. Only this low, shaded corner of the plant was still in flower.
Irises and other moisture-loving plants surround the pond. Some, like this one, bred for unlikely colouring and outsize flowers (disproportionate with their foliage), strike an odd note in a naturalistic garden.
A girl leaned over the pond to photograph her reflection, exposing some of her bum as she did so. This angered the gods of garden decorum, who turned her into a nude statue.
Primula clusiana, having recently flowered
In a shady bed below the pond, where once grew Primula halleri (if the sign is to be believed), now another P veris (cowslip) flourishes. DBG were selling pots of P halleri two years ago, quirkily labelled as P yuparensis. The one I bought is a fantastic plant, spectacular in bloom this spring (see post titled Primula Walk, May 24).
Nearby, also in forest shade, double auricula ‘Cinnamon,’ ravished flat by rain. Again, as in the Primula Dell, it is surprising to see Primula auricula, P marginata, and P allionii hybrids, bred for protective alpine houses and exhibition pots, growing in an open, informal garden and not in a trough under an awning.
P Auricula ‘Lamplugh’ is a double-flowered red. These ones have room to grow.
Auricula ‘Alice Haysom,’ a red show self when it flowers.
A primula allionii hybrid named ‘Pink Ice.’
A primula marginata hybrid, ‘Doctor Jenkins.’ Blue P marginatas in the tufa garden at the main entrance would be a beautiful sight in early May.
Another P allionii hybrid, ‘Lismore Jewel,’ proving hardy in the open garden.
Late spring is an ideal time to see, and smell, new growth on conifer trees and shrubs, of which the DBG has a large and interesting collection. A day could be spent admiring them alone.
Three distinct colours can be seen in these spruce needles: this year’s luminous blue-white, last year’s blue-green, and older deep green.
In Part Three, still to come, some plants and scenes we saw while walking from the Primula Dell to the Alpine Garden.