Thursday, 15 September 2016

Breezy Knees Perennials (2), September 15th 2016

North Yorkshire's Breezy Knees Gardens were featured here last year on the 5th of the month. One year and ten days later, with temperatures in the mid-20s, we returned to once again raise our spirits and decide on next year's flowers.


First up is a striking single flowered rose, Rosa floribunda 'Crazy for You'. There was only a faint fragrance, normally such a key feature for me, but the flower was very attractive. (I have a similar Fremch rose in our garden that I must photograph before it fades.)


Aster amellus 'Brilliant' (above) was one of a number of plants attracting bees and butterflies by the thousand. I have no idea what the white aster is but the combination is a winning one.


Aster novi-belgii 'Alice Haslam' was another of the genus looking absolutely stunning in the borders, an inexpensive plant that demonstrates conclusively that one need not lash out a fortune when planting that prize winning display. One certainly for next year then.


Another idea I shall seize upon is to fill the inevitable gaps in the display with altroemerias, for Breezy Knees had very many of them in a wide colour range. Alstroemeria ‘Mauve Majesty’ looked the part, this particular specimen being bred by Dr Mark Bridgen from New York's Cornell University, incidentally, a destination we have already booked for this time next year.


Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' despite the name was still well in bloom for mid-September. Looking down at it is not the best view I could manage. It stands about one metre in height and well deserves its AGM and a better photographer. It is deemed to be one of the earliest of the Heleniums.


Finally for today's post, though I will be continuing my Breezy selection later, is the perennial sunflower, Helianthus 'Capenoch Supreme' standing out from the crowd, not just for its height. It possesses a fetching light yellow quality. It also looks great in close-up.

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