For the Wimbledon finals weekend it seemed fitting to choose six white flowers. Fortunately I have six in flower this week, I do have some white sweet peas but they were late to germinate and go out into the garden this year so I am still waiting for them to flower. Meanwhile I have two empty beds as I cleared out the Mallow flowers featured a few weeks ago – they were pretty much finished with flowering and had also developed a very ugly looking rust. Any suggestions of what to put in for the rest of the summer?
From the new ‘White’ bed this year I have a few for the vase, though I actually rarely cut any flowers for inside other than sweet peas.
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- Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Psyche’ – a ruffled variety semi-double flowers and a lovely deep yellow centre, if you look closely the inner petals are very silky. A lot taller than previous Cosmos I have had, but then until now they have always been in pots.
- Scabiosa ‘White’ (Pincushion flower) – which start off green and the develop a creamy centre before all the petals open up. I am astonished to see that even the stamens are white. Another very tall plant which I have had to stake in my windy garden.
- Ammi Majus (Bishop’s Flower) – Another tall flower, full of blooms and has been for several weeks now. Very similar to Cow Parsley, but perhaps more sophisticated.
- Achillea millefolium (Common Yarrow). Leaving the ‘White Garden’ behind the next white I have is a weed. One you probably don’t want in your lawn, but fortunately mine grows on top of the low granite wall. I am thinking of digging it up this year and planting something more interesting.
- In the area close to the ‘Zen Patio’ which I think might have contained a pond once upon a time is Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet) a perennial herb in the family Rosaceae that grows in damp meadows. Also known as Bridewort, Meadow Queen and Meadow Wort. Meadowsweet was a celebrated herb in Celtic times, representing the Flowerbride, otherwise known as “Blodeuwedd” – the maiden aspect of the triple goddess. Used to attract love, peace and happiness it was often added to a bridal bouquet. I think I’d better keep this one! Not entirely white, more of an ivory colour with a slight musky scent. It comes with a list of medicinal benefits too.
- And moving into the north-facing courtyard we find the final white of the month, my Dad’s White Mop-head Hydrangea. He gave me a cutting of this plant probably over 30 years ago. I grew it in my garden for 15 years and when I moved I took a small rooted cutting with me. It has been in pots for the last 15 years and this year is looking better than ever. I really need to get it out of the pot it has been in for the last 7 years and into the garden, but I’m not sure after all this time it will even come out! I do top it up with compost every couple of years, but have never fed it.
As the flowers mature they take on a pink tinge and by autumn are almost totally dark pink.
And if you are getting a little weary of the warm weather and the impact it is having on your garden then have a look at the Garden Rules below and have yourself a very happy and relaxing weekend 🙂
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