The Tuesday View: 9th August 2016

My view for this week was actually photographed on Monday afternoon… I noticed how mid-afternoon part of the south-facing rockery is now in the shade of our tall fir trees. Yes, the sun is getting lower in the sky already!

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The fern (bottom left) is yellowing slightly, but the rest of the rockery is still fairly green. Much of the Centranthus has been cut right down, and the lavender too. This means some of the ground cover plants (Heuchera and creeping Sedums) should now have time to regenerate and the Geraniums have more light and space too. Some of the oriental poppies are sending up fresh foliage, which fills in the gaps nicely. And of course the Perovskia can take all the limelight again, this week with the bright red Persicaria “Blackfield” peeping through it, as well as the Scabiosa. Above and beyond it is the yellow Potentilla fruticosa (possibly “Goldfinger”) which is flowering wonderfully again this year- it has been given a hard pruning the last few autumns, which seems to suit it.

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Here is the view from a bit higher up again…

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On the far bottom left you can see a small Miscanthus already flowering – not sure what sort it is though. In case you can see it, at the top right is a vase of Japanese anemones on the table on the patio.

It would be lovely to see your view again this week, to observe any changes as summer starts to ebb towards its grand finale! Just leave a link in the comments so we can all find you and enjoy your gardens too.

Have a good week!

In a Vase on Monday: What I Call Summer

The weather has taken a turn for the better the past few days – not too hot and no longer humid. Now this is what I call summer! Temperatures are in the mid 20s, and there is a light breeze… ahhh.

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My golden vases are filled with Cosmos Brightness Mixed (orange), Cosmos Xanthos (which is not as yellow as advertised, but a lovely creamy colour), Cosmos Purity (white), Achillea, Fennel, Tithonia, Golden Euonymus foliage, Scabiosa ochroleuca and a Sedum bud.

The tubular vases contain Sunflower Valentine, Tithonia and Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit (a new one in a pot again this year as they never survive the slugs in spring in the ground)…

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Have you noticed someone has been nibbling the petals…

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Whoever it was thankfully left the Cosmos Xanthos intact. I really like this new Cosmos flower which I have grown from seed for the first time…

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Finally a look at my sunflowers from the local “Blumenfeld” where you can pick Sunflowers, Gladioli and later Dahlias too, just for a few cents.

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And the remains of last week’s vase are still looking very pleasing too…

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Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this lovely meme. Do visit her, or even better join us all as we share flowers from our gardens across the globe each week!

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Thursday’s Feature: Succisella inflexa

Scabious and Knautia are two members of the Teasel family that have found a home in my rockery. But today, as I join Kimberley at Cosmos and Cleome for her Thursday meme, I am featuring another member of this family – the relatively unknown  Succisella inflexa (Moorabbiss), almost the same as Succisa inflexa.

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It starts flowering in July or August and will continue until the first frost. Like Scabious, the bees and butterflies love it…

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The buds are slightly pink, the flowers icy white, with just a tinge of violet to them.

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Succisa plants are supposedly happiest on damp ground or wet meadows… well, this year they have certainly had more rain than usual, but I have had several beautiful, healthy plants thriving on dry, well-drained soil in the full sun in drought years too! However, I should point out that mine is a cultivated specimen: Succisella inflexa “Frosted Pearls”, which differs from the wild ones in that it is a little shorter (about 2ft high), and has longer leaves.

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I love this plant for its dainty petals and delicate colour.

It is not invasive in my garden, but is easy to remove if it seeds itself where not wanted. It is very hardy, tolerates heat and drought as well as poor soil, and needs no special care – perfect for the middle of the inaccessible parts of the rockery. (The slugs and snails also pay it no attention).

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Do visit Kimberley to see what she has featured this week, and why not join in too!

(P.S. Most of these pictures are from a post I did a few years ago, which you can read here. And I also featured this plant here. )

The Tuesday View: 2nd August 2016

The summer is flying by and the garden is progressing too. We had rain all day Sunday, which made the Perovskia droop somewhat, and today it is raining again – I picked the perfect 5 minute interval in showers for these photos of the rockery today, and the sun almost came out – two minutes later it was raining again!

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And from a few steps higher…

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The Persicaria foliage and red spiky flowers make up for the fact that the red rose is only showing a few flowers at the moment…

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And the Scabiosa ochroleuca is now in full bloom in front of the Perovskia…

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… then there are also these dear little white flowers, which have spread around the rockery: Succisella inflexa ‘Frosted Pearls’…

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The bees love it as much as I do and were there the moment the rain stopped.

I wonder how the month has begun in your garden. Do share your view so we can see how it progresses through the seasons.

Happy August!

In a Vase on Monday: Diversity

The word “diversity” pops up in all sorts of contexts these days, but as I picked the flowers for my vase this morning I was very aware of the diversity of shapes and textures as well as the origins of my plants. The dictionary definition included the following: “the quality or state of having many different forms, types, etc….. different cultures in a group…”. Very appropriate, as I look at the native wild Teucrium, Japanese anemones, Hydrangeas and mint, to name but a few…

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I shall try and list all the flowers and foliage I included – I did go a bit overboard, but wanted something big this week!

Silver birch foliage, Japanese anemone, Buddleia alternifolia stem, Buddleia buds, Hydrangeas (deep red and pale pink), Heuchera, Apple mint, Perovskia, various grasses, Teucrium (wild T. chamaedrys and T. hircanicum), Zinnias, a white Cleome, a sedum bud, Geranium phaeum, and a pink antirrhinum.

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The Cleome certainly looks exotic, with its spidery petals, and yet the Anemones are so familiar it is hard to imagine European gardens without them. All these foreigners crowding into gardens do create greater diversity indeed.

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I wonder how many plants in my garden are actually of German/ Central European origin!

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… something for me to ponder over during the summer.

Thanks as always to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme.

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