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Holehird Gardens in June - 3 things to look out for when you visit:
- The National Collection of meconopsis is at its best at this time of year. After a slow start, the (mainly) blue Himalayan poppies are now making up for lost time and look magnificent. The main collection is to be found in trial beds in the paddock, but you will find other examples throughout the garden. Varieties of meconopsis Lingholm always delight, but look out for more unusual specimens too, like the lovely white 'Marit' in the paddock, and meconopsis sulphurea (pale yellow) above the rock garden.
- Meconopsis form a key part of the colourful display in the Davidia Border at the moment (pictured above). Meconopsis 'Mrs Jebb' will be found here planted among many varieties of hosta, including the intriguingly named 'Elvis Lives', along with the tall purple allium schubertii and deep pink primula pulverulenta.
- Practically all flowering shrubs seem to have done well this year and rhododendrons are no exception. At Holehird, you will find many varieties of rhododendron still flowering well into June this year. Look for some stunning late-flowering examples up on the Fell Border. The prosaically-named R. 'Doncaster' is a beautiful deep red, resplendent amongst its paler neighbours.
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