A Memory of Bryan's Ground
Hemerocallis - Day Lily
I bought this bright yellow day lily on a visit to Bryan's Ground, Herefordshire in 2013. It has taken some time to establish but is now settled in and flowering vigorously. It was well worth waiting for. It is such a clear, vibrant yellow - no missing that one in the garden! - it was a "must have" plant as soon as I saw it there.
I was inspired by that house, garden and arboretum, it was all so beautifully created with stunning use of colour and some delightfully quirky, humorous details. It is well worth a visit and opens under the National Garden (Yellow Book) Scheme.
On the subject of Open Gardens, I am delighted to say that our own - more modest! - Penarth Open Gardens will be taking place on Saturday/Sunday 28th/29th July as usual this year. We thought we would not be able to open this year and are in real need of some new gardens to join us. It doesn't have to be an amazing show garden (mine certainly isn't!), but it is great fun to do, it's such a great way to get to know more Penarth - and other - lovely people. If you are interested please contact me using the Contact Diana form or call into Artisans Corner to say hello.
Keen-eyed friends will notice an additional lead-effect square planter to complete the corner. I have planted the pair with bronze fennel, Verbena Bonariensis, Red Orach and a few marigolds, they should be very colourful! The main bed is yet to be planted up.
With the Open gardens in mind, I have started to tidy up a bit, but don't forget bugs and diseases are great talking points - as are Penarth slugs!
Artisans Corner news
A new print this month, Venice Canal Early Summer, inspired by some of the sketches and photographs I brought back. I still have a wealth of unused artwork, it is so lovely to create a new painting from it, almost like being on holiday there again. I can hear the sound of the canal water and the lovely chatter of Italian voices, smell the drifting cooking smells and almost! -almost! - taste the wine. Ahhh - such lovely memories