After a cold and wet start to summer this week has by contrast been warm and dry – in some parts of the country even hot, but Cornwall doesn’t really do hot, though in this clear and unpolluted region even 19°C feels hot enough for me. I thought that this week I’d have a wander around the garden and see what appealed to me, not necessarily individual plants, but the way the garden is looking. Foxgloves, lupins and alliums are all reaching the end of their time, but there is much to be loved even in their decline.
First off though are Ox-eye daisies / Leucanthemum vulgare. The header shows how they have begun to colonise the wild garden – they started off from a packet of mixed wild flower seeds that I scattered over my Cornish hedge in 2019. Now you can barely see the actual ‘hedge’.
And this is a ‘small’ clump that I allowed to grow in my Gravel garden. They will have to be cut down before long, but I am impressed how well they grow considering a 2L pot of Leucanthemum × superbum / Shasta daisies only lasted one season!
BTW a question for those of you who grow Thalictrum – once it has finished flowering do you cut it down, or leave it until the autumn?
We’ll head to the woodland border which runs along the left of my garden from the house, it is now looking pretty with ferns and hardy geraniums. I just leave them to do their thing, though the geraniums can get out of hand and require being cut back by the end of July.
And at the back of the garden we find the herb bed where the wonderful flat-leaved parsley which has been used over the last year has now run to seed. It looks so beautiful though that I can’t bear to pull it out yet, and hopefully it will self-seed to provide me with new plants.
Here you’ll find the lupins
And Scabious ‘Blue Butterfly’ creating a pretty toned background to a self-seeded foxglove which is growing in the shale path, both contrasting well with the Golden Marjoram in the herb bed.
From this position I can see the new leaves of the Himalayan honeysuckle ‘Golden Lanterns’ / Leycesteria formosa, the pheasant berry, or flowering nutmeg which will soon form pendulous racemes of white flowers with showy red-purple bracts.
The dry weather has enabled me to repaint the exterior cill of the conservatory which was showing signs of water damage and finally get the summer plants into pots. Lots more to do as in it’s 5th year the garden is now becoming mature and some things need to be cut back/down/removed. I’m hoping for a good dry spell to get things done.
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I am in awe of your photography, particularly the picture of the parsley with the Calendula. The ox-eye daisies look very fresh and pretty.
I particularly love the parsley flowers and calendula image. Rain, rain go away come back another day and sure enough it does 😉
The herb bed is looking rather wild at the moment with the Golden Marjoram doing its thing plus the parsley! But I do like that natural, unrestrained look.
You are really enjoying the reward for all your efforts now, Jude. It must give you great pleasure to spend time in this beautiful place.
Lovely post today! I miss my Shasta daisies; I guess too many “heat dome” summers did them in. As for Thalictrum, the Meadow Rue, I snip off the tops after blooming but leave the plants themselves because the leaves are so lovely and complement the Columbines. By fall, I do cut down everything after they’ve turned brown.
Ah, thank you for the advice about the thalictrum.
Wonderful photos, the Lupins are one of my favourites.
They do get badly munched by the S&S but most seem to survive to flower and the bees love them, though I have not seen as many this year as usual.
On Friday, it got to 33.2 C here, and stayed at 22C overnight. Today we have a maximum of 18C, and 9C tonight. I like it a bit cooler than 33C, mainly because it makes Ollie unwell when it’s so hot.
Best wishes, Pete. x
Yes, you had it hot over there in the east of the country, not so here and today is positively cold! Given we are close to the longest day I’d prefer it to be a little warmer. 20 degrees does me fine.
For me, your gardening magic never ceases to amaze. What a glorious environment you have created. Kudos!!
All getting a little too crowded now so this year is one to consolidate and declutter. I have vowed not to buy too many new plants!
Such a beautiful garden!
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