I am still in the UK this Tuesday – so before you start wondering, this week’s view is a little different!
The red plant in the centre is, I believe, the beautiful Lobelia cardinalis that Frank featured in his post last Thursday. The plants at the back of this border must be almost three metres tall!
The Lobelia is in this border too…
These photos were taken on Monday at Coton Manor Gardens in Northamptonshire – a stone’s throw from my parents’ home.
The borders are beautifully kept and I always think they look fabulous in late summer. (The Spring gardens are, however, also quite lovely.)
Some of the planting combinations in this traditional English garden are just stunning. Look at this pale orange Dahlia, pink Echinacea, and the purple Asters behind.
If you would like to join me in sharing a single view of your garden each week to follow the changes across the seasons, please leave a link in the comments below so we can all take pleasure in it. I will be back to my familiar view next week, where my rockery may just possibly be showing some signs of stress as a heatwave continues for the second week in Bavaria.
Have a good week everyone!
A very quick post today, as I am off on holiday to the UK tomorrow, while my Man of Many Talents looks after the garden. If I don’t manage to get a view posted next week (somewhere in England!) you are still welcome to link in to this week’s post again if you would like to show us your own view.
Thanks to all those who have been joining me in showing the same view of their gardens week by week.
That rose is at it again! 😉
Hope to catch up with you all in a couple of days, with your vases and views and all.
Have a great week!
If you are in the UK, did you see Kate’s garden on Gardeners’ World last Friday? Wonderful! Do take a look if you missed it: the link is on her blog page here. I was able to watch it in Germany, so it may work worldwide.
I also loved all the Fennel in Monty Don’s ‘dry’ garden (he is the host of the show), and his vase too… And his words are so true, that the purpose of creating a vase is “a celebration of what YOU like to grow in YOUR garden” and not to win any prizes. Like Monty, I have also become much more at ease cutting things from my garden in the last couple of years since regularly joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme.
I actually picked these flowers a few days ago, as friends from Japan are paying me a flying visit today and time is short! The Golden Rod has been opening over the last week or so and was my starting point. I wanted something soft and airy to go with it, and was drawn to the unidentified grass (Miscanthus I think) now blooming in the rockery. For more airiness and light I added another grass and a few Scabiosa and Succisella flowers.
Two Cosmos Xanthos were then added.
Then I noticed the shimmery effect of some Sedum buds just showing colour, and finally I cut one Sunflower ‘Valentine’.
I think if I was a bee I would be in heaven in here! 😉
It’s Monday, so go and cut some flowers and join us all in producing a vase for Cathy’s meme, and then visit her at Rambling in the Garden to leave your link and to see what treasures she has chosen for her vase today!
Have a great week!
Yesterday was a bank holiday here, so I almost forgot that today was Tuesday… the day I post my view to watch the changes through the year.
I am glad I forgot until late though, as these photos taken early evening – around 7pm – are a useful record for me of how far the evening sun comes round at certain times of year. Forgive the glare, but I was looking westwards!
There is little change since last week, although late summer is beginning to show with the grass on the left in full flower now. The red rose in the centre at the top of the rockery is happier with cooler nights and less rain and is starting to flower properly again.
And my Gaura has finally really got going. It wasn’t keen on the damp weather we had earlier this summer. I love the way it sways in the breeze above the Persicaria.
Another Geranium has started flowering again too. I think this one is Rozanne…
If you would like to join me in posting a picture of a view from your garden every week, just leave a link in the comments so we can find you. 🙂
Colour is the thing right now, and my vase for Cathy’s meme (Rambling in the Garden) reflects this today. So before you scroll down, be warned… you may need sunglasses for this one!
The sunflowers are Earthwalker and the lemony Valentine, both of which are favourites and have done well in large pots. The other additions are Cosmos Brightness Mixed (orange) and Polidor (golden yellow), Tithonia, a white Cleome, and a couple of Zinnias.
The jug came down from the shelf for its annual airing!
Here are a few more pics. Click on any to enlarge.
Have a great week, and do visit Cathy to see her vase and all the others that have joined in today.
This tropical plant fascinates me, and after some success a few years ago growing it from seed, I decided to try again this year.
From a packet of nine seeds, eight germinated, one seedling then died, two were planted up in large pots,two are growing in the rockery, and three (also planted in the rockery) were eaten by snails.
The foliage is a beautiful reddish brown when young…
As they mature the leaves turn greener, but still with a predominantly red tinge…
The most fascinating part of it however is the flower and then the seeds…
The flowers are tiny and the seedheads are about the size of a raspberry. But they are not edible. In fact they are very toxic. This plant is also called Castor Bean Plant, as castor oil is extracted from the seed.
The tree actually originates from North Africa, the Mediterranean region and the Middle East, although it is now found in all tropical regions and here it is grown as a summer annual.
In my garden it gets to about 1.5 metres at most, and stands so tall and straight even if in a windy position – quite wonderful. Which is where it gets its German name from I suppose: Wunderbaum (‘Miracle Tree’)!
You can see I have taken precautions against snails, which despite its toxicity are rather fond of this plant. The copper tape around the pot and stem works to some extent, but doesn’t deter them completely. It is supposed to give the creatures a little electric shock as they touch it, but I think my snails are too big to notice it! Some of the lower leaves had to be removed as they were in shreds!
A few more pictures of this weird and wonderful tropical wonder…
Have you ever grown Ricinus? Or any other tropical delight? I am joining Kimberley again today at Cosmos and Cleome, as she asks us to feature something from our gardens each Thursday. Do visit her to see her feature this week, as well as others linking in with interesting plants from near and far!