With the lovely sunny weather we have been experiencing recently, the trials ground at RHS Garden Wisley is really starting to put on some colour. The tall bearded iris trial has been spectacular and has been a real attraction to our visitors, as has the viburnum trial. Hope you did not miss viewing.
Coming up now is the large flowered clematis, sweet pea and agapanthus. All these will be a spectacle of colour showing potential new AGM awards. With the sweet pea trial don't forget to vote for your favourite when visiting. The hanging basket and groundcover varieties we have in the trial are really proving themselves popular with the comments from our visitors and are the sweet peas of the future for the smaller gardens.
Here comes the sun (flower)
The trial of sunflowers is growing fast, and the forum had their first meeting this week. We did experience some poor germination rates, as the seed was sown just before we had a rainy cold spell, but we quickly made a second back-up sowing. The container-grown varieties will be seen in the gravel border along the pathway to the Hillside Event Centre.
The offsite trial of Thalictrum is flowering well and we are organising a Thalictrum study day on July 7 at Aberglasney.
The vegetable trials of Brussels sprouts have been planted and soon to be planted will be the borecole/kale trial. The dahlia trial will be a little late in planting out this year as the cuttings taken have not grown as fast as we have seen in the past, but we anticipate they will be planted in the next couple of weeks. Do come and visit us.