It’s high summer in the Rectory Garden at the Folk Museum in Co. Down with some of our Irish plants putting on a colourful show. In full bloom are Hypericum ‘Rowallane Hybrid’ with a carpet of Osteospermum ‘Lady Leitrim’ underneath; the vibrant Lilium henryi is giving height at the back of one of the borders while Penstemon ‘Evelyn’ brings a splash of soft pink at the front of another.
Meanwhile Hemerocallis ‘Stafford’ blooms for several weeks and manages to fit well with the period and cottage garden atmosphere. The foxgloves have gone over and are being rooted out but Lorna reckons that their height this year beat all records; however Yvonne is not best pleased with the skeleton foliage left on the Solomon’s Seal following an infestation of sawfly caterpillars.
Report and photographs from Maeve Bell.