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Aulden Farm


Holders of a National Collection of Siberian irises, Alun and Jill Whitehead at Aulden Farm


Season:
Spring


Location:
Herefordshire, UK


Credits:
GAP Photos/Carole Drake/Alun & Jill Whitehead


Feature No:   633 

 
  
 
  
 
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Synopsis
Alun and Jill Whitehead, holders of a National Collection of Siberian irises, run a small nursery at Aulden Farm near Leominster and are keen to tell visitors that the Welsh Marches have long been linked with this appealing, easily grown group of plants. Their National Collection was in part rescued from an abandoned nursery field nearby, and renowned breeder Jennifer Hewitt lives on Clee Hill in nearby Shropshire.
Siberian irises are planted throughout their three acre garden in a range of situations with the National Collection displayed in raised beds in what Alun and Jill call "the allotment", planted in order of the date they were introduced to cultivation beginning with Iris 'Snow Queen' in 1900. They flower from mid May to early June forming intense blocks of colour, from deep blue or reddish purples, through pinky mauves and soft lavenders to pale blues, whites and subtle butterscotch yellows. There are silver or gold edges on the petals of some, whilst others have strong veining or marks of contrasting colours called signals on their falls, the lower petals (technically sepals). When the sun is low their intricately veined flowers glow amongst grassy, pliable leaves that move in the breeze, perhaps more suited to the soft British landscape than their brittle bearded cousins that thrive in hotter climes.
Their nursery offers a wide selection of hemerocallis and other choices herbaceous perennials as well as the Siberian irises: a fine specialist plant collection sited within an enchanting country garden.
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House surrounded by irises, shrubs and trees...
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House surrounded by irises, shrubs and trees ...
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Entrance to garden and plant sales area - Aulden Farm...
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Plant sales area - Aulden Farm...
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Grassy and attractive plant sales area - Aulden Farm...
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Mixed border framed by yew hedging includes irises and ...
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Taxodium distichum - Shadows cast on lawn by swamp cypr...
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Beds of irises and hostas beside a pond, Aulden Farm...
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Pond surrounded by moisture loving plants including iri...
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Pond surrounded by moisture loving plants including iri...
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Shady seating area with table and chairs, Aulden Farm...
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Entrance to garden and plant sales area, Aulden Farm...
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Gravel path to metal arbour framed by silvery plants in...
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Gravel path to metal arbour framed by silvery plants in...
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Bark path through shady woodland garden planted with pu...
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Brick path leading through clipped Choisya ternata into...
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Brick path leading through clipped Choisya ternata into...
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Yews and hornbeam hedges form windbreaks and a green tu...
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Gateway into field that houses the National Collection ...
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Iris sibirica backed by bright yellow field of oil seed...
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Iris sibirica backed by bright yellow field of oil seed...
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Iris sibirica with bright yellow field of oil seed rape...
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Iris sibirica with bright yellow field of oil seed rape...
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Iris sibirica - Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica - National Collection, Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica - with bright yellow field of oil seed ra...
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Iris flowers backlit by early sun, Aulden Farm...
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Figurine of boy and girl in woodland garden, Aulden Far...
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Shady path framed with hostas, aquilegias and ferns, Au...
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Smyrnium perfoliatum and purple hazel in colourful bord...
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Pond surrounded by moisture loving plants including iri...
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Pond surrounded by moisture loving plants including iri...
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Pond surrounded by moisture loving plants including iri...
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Pond surrounded by moisture loving plants including iri...
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Pond surrounded by moisture loving plants including iri...
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Iris sibiricas with hostas and sedges near the pond, Au...
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Rodgersia in the woodland garden, Aulden Farm...
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Old watering cans, Aulden Farm...
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Jill and Alun Whitehead, creators of the garden at Auld...
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Jill and Alun Whitehead, creators of the garden at Auld...
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Ferrula communis, giant fennel, Aulden Farm...
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Plant labels, Aulden Farm...
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Iris 'Tropic Night' Plant label, Aulden Farm...
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Rosa rubiginosa - Aulden Farm...
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Iris sanguinea 'Snow Queen', Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Blue King', Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Blue King', Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Mrs Saunders', Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica, Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Thelma Perry', Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Kingfisher'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Tropic Night'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Tropic Night'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Summer Sky'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Summer Sky'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Summer Sky'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Ellesmere' buds. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Purple Mere'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Cambridge', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Cambridge', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Dewful'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Dewful'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Navy Brass'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Navy Brass'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet' AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet' AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica form. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'My Love'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Cool Spring'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Cool Spring'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Helen Astor'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Helen Astor'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Papillon'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Papillon'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Papillon'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Baxteri'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Baxteri'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Baxteri'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Langthorns Pink'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Langthorns Pink'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Roisin'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Dirigo Black Velvet'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Peter Hewitt', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Peter Hewitt', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Kent Arrival'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Wealden Mystery'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Wealden Mystery'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Silver Edge', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Silver Edge', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Salamander Crossing'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Salamander Crossing'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Perry's Favourite'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Zakopane', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Zakopane', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Berlin Ruffles', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Over in Gloryland'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Welfenprinz', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Swank'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Swank'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Wealden Nocturne'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Osborne's Grey'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Llangors'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Llangors'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Banish Misfortune'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Banish Misfortune'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Wealden Skies'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Wealden Skies'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Wealden Summer'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Wealden Summer'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Bournemouth Beauty'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Bournemouth Beauty'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Rowden Aurelius', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Rowden Aurelius', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Rowden Aurelius', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Siobhan', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Siobhan'. Aulden Farm...
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Iris sibirica 'Kathleen Mary', AGM. Aulden Farm...
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Rosa rubiginosa. Aulden Farm...
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Rosa rubiginosa. Aulden Farm...
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Ferrula communis - giant fennel. Aulden Farm...
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Dictamnus albus var. purpureus. Aulden Farm...
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Dictamnus albus var. purpureus. Aulden Farm...
 

 

 
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