Last week we had the whites, this week it is the turn of the brights!
I don’t have a ‘hot’ border – I don’t really have borders at all in the conventional sense. I have beds and stone walls with planting. And pots. I still keep my pelargoniums and succulents in pots so I can bring them into the conservatory during the winter. Last year the pelargoniums loved it so much they flowered the whole time.
- An unknown clematis in bright pink. This year it has flowered a little lower down as I cut it back in February. Unfortunately the other also unknown variety has lots of leaf growth but no flowers as yet. And something has
nibbledeaten all the petals of my deep purple Jackmanii ‘Warszawska Nike’
- Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ a rather common one now, this one has grown from a single corm that I removed when cutting down a clump in my mother in law’s garden. It was in a pot for a few years before moving here. Now looking splendid, with 4ft tall leaves and lots of flower spikes. I also have a more orange one which is also tall. Perhaps too tall. Both species are being somewhat overshadowed by the rampant jasmine.
- Erigeron glaucus ‘Sea Breeze’ (beach aster or beach daisy, seaside daisy plants)
This is growing on my sunny wall. I want it to spread and cover it, but I have stupidly planted a climber there which is now growing over the Erigeron. Do I move the climber? Or move the Erigeron? I don’t want to kill either plant.
- Nasturtium. This is the common orange variety. It self-seeds every year. I have pulled hundreds of seedlings out, but it is back again. I also have some yellow ones (or did) and a dark red one which I planted. It is supposed to be not such a thug. I do like the fact that the Cabbage White butterflies (large and small) will lay their eggs on them and not the Brassica. As I don’t have any Brassica this year that’s a moot point.
- Osteospermum ‘Tresco Purple’. I love my osteospermum. The lovely African daisy or blue-eyed daisy. I had a huge clump last year also growing on the sunny wall, but even though this is one of the hardy varieties it was killed off by the ‘beast from the east’, as was a pretty orange one [sad face]. This is a new plant bought as a plug plant in spring, but I am pleased to see it flowering this year even if only two or three flowers. I know now that if we have a harsh winter to wrap it in fleece. (Then last week I found it and a lilac version at ASDA for only £3.00 each – a bargain – so I bought two!)
- My final bright is a spreading Sedum, possibly ‘Dragon’s Blood’ . I have had this plant for years too. It used to grow in a large circular pot and it dies down in winter only to re-appear in the spring. Released from the pot in 2016 I planted it around the edge of my large flat granite rock which retains heat from the sun. The plant has spread all around the rock and this year in all the sunshine is flowering like crazy. I quite fancy one of the Sedum ‘Red Cauli’ variety.
That’s it for now. I am already going through the bulb catalogues ticking off the ones I want. I shall have to drastically prune that list though as I also want some new perennials this autumn. Hey, ho, a garden is never finished is it? Hope everyone is keeping calm in the continued hot weather. We had a lovely shower this morning, so hopefully that means I don’t need to take the hose around the garden today.
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