We paid a visit to the National Collection here at Darley, Derby a few weeks ago….it was earlier than planned, we had heard that the collection had opened earlier this season due to the warm (and at times) damp weather. Indeed the many of the Hydrangea’s were looking large and blousy but as was to be expected many more had to rich full bloom.
Since that visit we have had a heatwave with record breaking high temperatures. We have also had some sever rain storms, torrential downpours that have done much damage to many gardens.
I had promised to take you for a longer look. So it was with a little trepidation that we headed back to see just how well the Collection had survived…. as to be expected some blooms were showing signs of stress but for the most part as you will see there was plenty of colour and variety to satisfy.
Nor is the collection complete…and extension has been planted in a lower part of the walled garden.
Rough and ready but in a few years it will blend seamlessly with the rest
(C) David Oakes 2019