Whoa! This year is beginning to fly through. I rather liked it when everything was slowed down. August can be a funny month – akin to April in the number of daylight hours although classed as summer it can often be disappointingly cool and rainy. I hope not.
(1) This is a reminder to all you plant loving people out there not to be too hasty in throwing that dead looking plant onto the compost heap. This Tiarella consisted of brown and shrivelled up stems in the spring and I decided to dig it up and plant something else in its place. However when I saw that the roots weren’t entirely dead I decided to pot it up instead. From brown and shrivelled to this little beauty. Question now is whether to risk planting it back in the garden or find a nicer container for it.
(2) A new addition to this bed this year is Lythrum salicaria ‘Blush’ a moisture-loving herbaceous perennial that produces strong, tall spires of soft pale pink flowers in summer. It’s inclined to be a bit leggy, so cut back regularly to encourage a bushy habit. It is very attractive to butterflies and bees hence why it has a place in the Bee & Butterfly bed!
(3) Physostegia virginia ‘Summer Snow’ – the Obedient plant – is an upright herbaceous perennial boasting dense spikes of white tubular flowers from mid-late summer to autumn. Blooming from the bottom to the top on each spike, the showy blossoms are attentively visited by butterflies and I saw this in the Heligan gardens last year covered in bees so just had to buy some. My white ones are planted in the containers with last week’s Cosmos, but they aren’t very noticeable as the Cosmos are taller! I also have an intense pink one ‘Rosea’ in the herb bed, but that’s still to flower. Why obedient? The flowers move during the day with the sun.
(4) Phlox paniculata ‘Twinkle Purple’ – another new addition to the Bee and Butterfly bed last autumn. I had a gap where something had died so couldn’t resist.
(5) Olearia x haastii shrub – the profuse white daisy-like flowers, hence the common name Daisy Bush, are gently fragranced and their dark green evergreen foliage is tinged with blue. Olearia x haastii (New Zealand and Australia) copes well with salt-laden air and exposed situations. It will get a light prune after flowering to try and keep it in shape.
(6) Justicia Carnea Jacobina – or the Brazillian Plume Flower / Flamingo Plant is an evergreen shrub with a rounded habit (like a hydrangea) and inflorescence of tubular vibrant pink flowers in the summer. I kept mine indoors this year as last year it suffered from the direct sun and windy conditions. I also cut it back and used the cuttings to try and grow new plants. It seems to have worked as they are all flowering whereas the mother plant, although much bigger hasn’t had a single flower! Maybe I’ll cut it back again this autumn and try and get more new plants.
Has anyone else noticed anything peculiar in their garden? I already have the tall pink Japanese Anemones flowering which I am sure don’t usually do until August and into September – I can’t see these lasting until September. And my Cowslip has two new flower spikes!
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