Cyril Lafong Garden 2011
During the winter I will be putting some of the beautiful Scottish gardens on the blog that some of us visited after the AGS conference of 2011. Cyril's garden is a garden that you would never forget, if you are an Alpine tragic like me. You just have to click on the picture above and you can see what I mean.
This garden and glass houses were immaculate and full of rare plants. The Lafong family must have worked for months before our arrival, because I know how dirty a glass house can get after winter inside and out and there were a few of them. At the back a yellow Pulsatilla flavescence, Siberian from Holubeck seed.
Looking up to the glass houses from the main lawn.
A new crevice garden that Ian Christie and Cyril had built not long before our arrival.
Clumps of pale apricot Erythronium's and Erythronium Pagoda with Fritillaria and Trillium's growing in and around them.
Steps leading up to the bulb frame with a large white Lewisia tweedi flowering in the corner, and on your left Rhododendron vaseyi? in flower.
Large beds that allowed you to walk around and explore all the plants at eye level.
Rhododendron Egret in the garden.
The main glass house or Alpine house, was better than Kew Gardens or Wisley, full of Alpines that you thought you had died and gone to heaven on entering the door way. Paraquilegia's, Cypripedium's, Androsace, rare Pulsatilla's and a lemon Lewisia tweedi on a stool with scissors and tweezers, that was being tidied up before our arrival. An absolute credit to the grower of these spectacular alpine plants.
A large pan of Pleonie under the staging.
One of the Paraquilegia behind a large pink Lewisia and the yellow flowering Sebaea thomasii on the left and a Pulsatilla in bud.
Paraquilegia anemonoides pale form.
Gentian acaulis purple
Tanacetum leontopodium ex Pyrethrum
Cypripedium ? in the bulb frame
Cypripedium x Hideki growing in the Glass House.
Cypripedium x ventricosa
Ranunculus amplexicaulis Big Danny growing in the bulb frame.
The very rare white form of Jeffersonia dubia alba growing in the garden.
(Well its rare in Australia)
A hybrid Trillium from New Zealand that I think is Trillium sulcatum x Stewart Preston.
I do apologize I could not get all of the pictures to load last night, I have got it to work tonight.