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Gorgeous Gardens - some encouraging photographs from members at this difficult time.

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Some September thoughts from Jane Ward

During “COVID time” I saw different plants for sale on The Wall at The Rise in Holloway and decided to try some!

Here are tomato Black Russian,San Marzano and aubergine Pot Black!
What did I do with the harvest?....
This ratatouille.....the baby aubergines are delicious ....and with their beautiful flowers looked most attractive in the greenhouse!

The other plant new to me was a squash called  Tahiti  Melon. The plant is now about seven metres long and still growing!(I think it may be a triffid!) It will soon be soup!

Added 12 June  from Jane Ward

Low growing Iris



Canadensis sanguineum

Iris unguicularis

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Fothergilla major

Added 3 June  from Chris Hibberd

An unusual late Spring flowering bulb - Scilla Peruviana.

Happiest in a shady spot - flowers shrivelled in a more open location.

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Before and After

And a few little corners of the garden.  I love the little irises, although not sure what variety they are.



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At this time of year, the garden is still waking up so it looks best in close up!

Fiona Folan

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My quince tree grown from a pip. The tree is now around 25 years old and yielding around 10 kg quince per year in a sunny summer.

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Added 31 May  from Diane Kerry

Clematis spooneri, used on a fence to hide the compost heaps

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The mole coming up in our compost heap, obviously the worms are too much of a temptation.

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Added 31 May

This was to be a DLHSS Garden visit on Fri 19th June. Instead you can admire the following photos

It is a deceptively large and “full of everything” beautiful garden in Wirksworth lovingly cultivated by Mr and Mrs. Spencer .

Added 27 May

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Our rhododendrons have been gorgeous this year, they all came as babies from Lea Gardens . Hope all the members are enjoying their gardens in this lovely weather . Julie Overend 

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Clematis alpina ‘Diamond Jubilee’ - Chris H

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Anemone nemorosa ‘Robertsoniana Chris H

Clematis macropetala Chris H

Clematis cartmanii ‘Avalanche’ Chris H

Clematis koreana ‘Broughton Bride Chris H.

Added 15 April


Added 9 April

A few pictures of our garden which we hope will cheer everyone up. Is Summer at last on its way? Keep safe.
Best wishes to everyone from John and Betty

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Added 12 April

Before and after photos from Malcolm Rowell.

He sends his best wishes to all his old friends in Derbyshire.

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More Jewels from Cathryn Frost

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 Narcissus..”.Thalia“...around the apple tree.- Jane Ward

White Pasqueflower flower....Pulsatillaa - Jane Ward

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 Tortoiseshell butterfly enjoying the sun  - and the nectar of the Anemone blanda- Chris Hibberd

 .An unusual narcissus N.Spoirot - Chris Hibberd

 Trillium chloropetalum v. giganteum.
Delighted with this as I grew them from seed, probably about 8 years ago! Only planted in the ground about 5 years ago and finally beginning to look mature. Gardeners have to be patient!
Note the arrangement of flower parts and leaves - which explains the name. - Chris Hibberd

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A shaggy-flowered  Hellebore hybrid. Chris Hibberd

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 An early pasque flower; Pulsillata ‘Bell’s red’- Chris Hibberd

A few pictures of my garden in South Wingfield - from Fiona Folan 

At this time of year, the garden is still waking up so it looks best in close up!

Jewels from Anne Clements

A note from Diane Kerry

 I shall miss the meetings and other events while the Covid-19 crisis is happening but look forward to the return of normality when we all have an opportunity to get together again.  

The planter looks wonderful and should inspire us all to keep finding space, peace and tranquillity in our gardens and the great outdoors,

I have already found that the birds sound louder and I can hear the bumblebees again.   Perhaps this will give us all an opportunity to go slowly and enjoy the simple things in life.


 Jane Ward’s email:

These lovelies are blooming in odd spots all over the garden.Some are brashly red and some really deep blue but I favour these gentle ones!

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I now have new supports for my Autumn raspberries, a very “weed-free-almost”! and a lot of inches of 4 ply knitting done!

My tiny garden gives me a lot of pleasure.- Chris Saunders

Epymedium Amber Queen  ---  Cathryn Frost

Ipheion Alberto Costillo - seems very happy in our free draining soils.- Chris Hibberd


Found by Cathryn Frost on Church Street. Probably an Oxlip (likes open woodland?)

Cowslip and Primrose from Cowgate for comparison. Note the orange marking inside the cowslip. All Jewels of Spring.



The Planter is a gift from the Society to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

 The outside dimensions are1,200mm long x 530mm deep x 600mm high. The internal dimensions are 1000mm x 330mm x 600mm and give a soil volume of 200 litres.

The sleepers are tanalised and will last for many years. We will add some more permanent plants in the spring. 


Richard Grover is our Project Manager. He can be contacted at

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