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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