What a week! Brilliant sunny, almost summer day on Monday became a winter’s day by Thursday with strong winds, hail and cold temperatures. Poor plants! Having basked blissfully in the sunshine at the beginning of the week they were tossed around mercilessly by the end. So these photos were taken early in the week.
(1) First up are the naughty sheep that keep escaping from the fields into the farmyard next door and because the farmer leaves the gate open most of the time they have wandered into my ‘wild garden’ and helped themselves to some of the plants on the Cornish hedge and the small bed next to the oil tank. Geraniums, Eryngium, Hebe and Osteospermums seem to have been favourites, though lavender was left alone, but the spider plants that have been outdoors all summer took the brunt of it having most of the leaves munched!
(2) Aeonium ‘Zwartkop‘ is a branching shrub with magnificent, almost black-purple, succulent, polished leaf rosettes with a lime-green centre, at the ends of its branches. These spend the summer outdoors on the ‘Zen Patio’, but come winter I bring them into the conservatory, though this year I am tempted to leave one pot outdoors under the shelter of the potting bench with some polycarbonate on the top to keep out most of the rain as last year they suffered indoors.
(3) A recent new addition to the dappled shade bed is this Hardy Geranium ‘Anne Thomson” which is a lovely deep magenta colour with a black centre. Hardy geraniums do well here as they are mostly left alone by the S&S as long as I find the right place for them. Two or three have been moved around the garden until I found their happy spot!
(4) Another plant now flowering in the same shady bed are the Cyclamen which were planted a few years ago. They are spreading as leaves are appearing everywhere under the Kilmarnock Willow tree, but not as many flowers yet.
(5) I have mentioned this Eryngium before. Mine appears to be one variety that has the most disgusting smell! During summer when it is flowering the heads are covered in flies – not butterflies! Now though the purple stems look quite nice. I thought I had removed this from the raised bed but I obviously didn’t get it all out. They do tend to have quite deep tap roots! I’ll have another attempt at removing it next spring.
(6) Pelargoniums. I like these plants and their many different flowers, but some of these were quite old in flower years so last year I took a lot of cuttings and started many of them as new plants, they have been slow to grow for some reason, but now they are looking good. I kept them on a bench this year, in full sun.
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