The rockery road to Dyffryn
November 20, 2015 by squirrelbasket
Bright leaves of a rockery plant at Dyffryn Gardens in September
That headline will mean nothing to you unless you are familiar with The Dubliners’ Rocky Road to Dublin song, but hey-ho…
In September we visited the National Trust’s Dyffryn Gardens again. This time I was mainly going to look at some absolutely splendid old trees I hope to blog about soon, but I was also sidetracked by the rockery area you can see from the house. So here are my pictures – and I am sorry there are quite a few flowers I haven’t identified yet.
The rockery is on a bank beneath conifer trees
I plan to do a conifer identification project in 2016, as I have taken many pictures on my travels and until now I have been pretty hopeless at naming anything but a cedar of Lebanon or a Scots pine.
This looks to me like a Sedum, although I usually expect them to be bright yellow. I think it might be Sedum spurium or Caucasian stonecrop. There is one variety called ‘Dragon’s Blood’…
This is the chrome yellow I expected the Sedum to be, but it’s not a stonecrop…
I think this is a cranesbill Geranium
This plant, growing in a big patch with very small flowers, was labelled as Zauschneria californica
Another big mass – this is Hyssopus officinalis in two subtle shades
These are easy to identify – “naked ladies” or Colchicum – autumn crocuses
I love these cottony seedheads, but I can’t name the plant
This is a Moroccan daisy called Rhodanthemum hosmariense – or so the label said!
Who’d have thought it? This is a spurge – Euphorbia myrsinites or myrtle spurge
A closer look
Berries like little rubies
This is another view of the neat-growing plant at the top of the post
And some more – shame I can’t name it…
There was still colour elsewhere in Dyffryn in September, too. The Dahlias were starting to look messy but the insects didn’t mind…
Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on a Dahlia
Bee on a Dahlia…
…and up close
A very bright spiky Dahlia…
…and a small red one, probably ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ by the dark foliage
And finally a fiery bush…
This one had a label saying Prunus nipponica var kurilensis…
…it’s a flowering cherry, but what autumn splendour, too!
Autumn is now fading into cold winter, but it’s pleasant to keep the fires of autumn alive for a little longer!