“I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error”
~ Sara Stein
Well spring hit us with a sledgehammer this month with rain and sunshine setting the plants in competition to outdo one another. Each and every one on steroids it appears. Every dry moment is spent in the garden, dead-heading, tying in the scramblers and the ramblers, seeking and destroying the S&S and endlessly pulling out weeds, especially the horrid bindweed which loves to snap off leaving its destructive creeping roots in the ground.
So without further ado, here are my six in the garden this week.
- In the raised beds (which were intended for herbs and veggies) is this lovely variegated Sage. Getting a bit leggy now, but at this time of year the colours of the new growth are so gorgeous.
- Another one in the raised beds is this lovely Thyme – the centre got damaged in the cold weather this year so I have cut it down there, whether or not that encourages new growth I do not know, but the rest of it is flowering prettily now.
- My third plant is also in the raised bed, but grown for ornamental purposes not edible, though there are a couple of varieties of chives also around. This is Allium ‘Purple Sensation’. I planted about 20 bulbs in the autumn of 2016 but only half a dozen have flowered. Right plant, wrong place perhaps.
- Moving round to the Gravel garden and the stone wall you will find some Campanula, I have no idea what sort they are. I bought them from Ludlow market several years ago and they just keep on coming back (and also finding their way into other pots too). When I moved I removed it from its container and split it up with three patches around the wall. Slowly spreading, which I am happy about.
- One of the many hardy Geraniums already in the garden is this pink one. No name. Again I split it up and planted bits around the garden. It does seem to be taking over though so I think some of it will have to be removed after this year’s flowering.
- Now you may have noticed a sort of colour theme going on in my garden. It is true that I lean towards the pink / blue / purpley tones (what I often describe as the ‘bruised’ look) and when I had only a tiny patio space I only had these colours plus white and the occasional pop of orange. Last summer I wanted to get rid of half the lawn and digging was so hard that I used cardboard to kill off the grass and then I bought a couple of black plastic raised beds, chucked in a load of compost and then topped it up with old compost out of the tulip pots, sprinkled a packet of bee friendly seeds on it and covered it in mesh to stop the neighbour’s cat from using it as a toilet. With my poor rating in seed germination I was not expecting much. To my utmost surprise I ended up with a bed full of Eschscholzia californica (Californian Poppies), Phacelia tanacetifolia (fiddleneck), Nigella and two types of Marigolds. And now this… Erysimum cheiri – common wallflower in bright ORANGE!
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