The Tuesday View: 27th June 2017

A brief look at the view today, as it is still rather hot and now very clammy too… yes, we have had RAIN!

At the top of the picture you can see how the Aruncus has been scorched a lovely caramel colour, complementing the Hemerocallis. In the foreground on the right the Clematis tangutica continues to flower and form pretty seed heads too.

The Teucrium hircanicum is flowering beautifully now, and despite coping well with drought it looks better for having a good soak all morning. It loves the well-drained position on the slope and has slowly spread throughout this side of the rockery.

We have been forecast thundery showers for the next few days, so the fresh greens should return.

Are you focusing on one area of your garden this year? Why not share a view of it each Tuesday and join me and the other Tuesday View crowd by leaving a comment below!

Have a great week!

In a Vase on Monday: A (Strong) Summer Breeze

My goodness, it has been windy! Although temperatures are still rather high, the breeze at least meant that I could bear to go outside and do some much needed tidying up, which led to this vase… some snippets from trimming and an exciting discovery – an Astrantia finally flowering in my garden!

I have used the lovely tree of life vase that my sister gave me last year – so appropriate as she is here to visit. 😀

This Astrantia major is called ‘Shaggy’. Such a common name for such a regal flower I think. I would have called it something like ‘Victoria’, or ‘Estelle’…

The funny thing is, I gave up on Astrantias a long time ago. Then last year I was sent this one with an order by mistake, and since one plant I had ordered was no longer available I was able to keep this as a replacement. I was sceptical…

… I planted it in a shady spot last spring and it did not grow an inch. So in the autumn I moved it to a semi-shaded area. And now, suddenly, it has appeared amongst some Alchemilla. I had completely forgotten about it. What a lovely surprise!

Other ingredients in my vase this week are: Alchemilla mollis, which is starting to flop in the heat, some Honesty (Lunaria rediviva) seed pods – still fresh green, Poppy (Papaver orientalis) seed heads which were mostly removed from the rockery (poppy foliage tends to swamp other plants and was wilting anyway), a few sprigs of Coriander and Heuchera flowers, a tiny sprig of Euphorbia seguieriana cut down by mistake, and some Teucrium hircanicum. Teucrium is one of the few plants that has survived this heat and strong drying wind almost unscathed. Its tall purple spires look like Veronica, but last all summer and set seed like mad. I also added some spikes of  Briza media which, in its second year, has got established enough for me to cut some now. I cut another grass – Melica ciliata – to complement the tall Teucrium, along with a few twigs of young birch foliage.

Three cheers for our host Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who will, I hope, be putting her feet up after having a ball ( 😉 ) having opened her garden again yesterday.

Finally another picture of the Astrantia – I can’t get over it! An Astrantia in my garden! 😀

Rose ‘Alcantara’

I repeatedly claim not to be a ‘rose’ sort of person. I appreciate them in other people’s gardens, especially the scented ones, but deadheading them is so tedious and they do tend to get greenfly, or black spot, or something. Having said that, I do have a few in my garden, one of which is a real beauty and I would not want to be without it: Rose Alcantara…

It domintaes the south-facing rockery in June, and when the Perovskia behind it also starts flowering this place is buzzing!

Rose ‘Alcantara’ seems to love being sun-baked at the top of this well-drained incline. This ground cover rose will continue flowering on and off throughout the summer, and I have never seen greenfly on it. It has survived our driest summers and coldest winters. It really deserves a prize. I would certainly recommend this to anyone with a hot, dry slope!

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Are you a ‘rose’ sort of person?

The Tuesday View: 20th June 2017

Each Tuesday I take a look at one view of my garden and follow its progress through the seasons. (Do join me if you can! Just leave a link below).

Not much has changed since last week, except that many of the plants in this area are beginning to look a bit frazzled (along with the gardener!). In addition, harsh light is making photos a bit tricky. But here is my view for today…

This is the driest part of the garden, and despite giving it a good drink with the hosepipe on two occasions, it is suffering from the heat, drying winds and lack of rain. No rain in the forecast as yet either…

Looking through the Acer I can see some orange blobs next to the Aruncus…

The Day Lilies have opened!

You can see the view better from the opposite direction in the morning light.

Another highlight today is the Stipa gigantea next to the red Lychnis coronaria.

Lychnis sow themselves all over this slope and, as they are pretty drought tolerant and love sun, I let them take over to fill the gaps.

If we don’t have rain soon I will have to switch to the south rockery for my view next week, as this south-west side will have only burnt offerings I fear!

Is it hot where you are? If so, what is standing up to the heat in your garden best this week?


In a Vase on Monday: Heavenly White

Philadelphus virginalis (Mock Orange or False Jasmine)

This week’s vase is in memory of our dear neighbour, Mr Barth, who passed away last week at the spectacular age of 105. I have mentioned him frequently on this blog; as a regular Sunday afternoon visitor he tested many of my cake recipes over the past few years. And I also gathered wild garlic from beneath his Magnolia tree each spring.

He will be missed.


This  beautiful Philadelphus is climbing into a nearby tree and several stems were drooping over the pathway, definitely an excuse to cut them!

I added a single peach miniature rose to the base of the vase, and secured the heavy branches of the Philadelphus by using my wire flower holder.

This Philadelphus is the sort that smells heavenly.

I wonder what smells good in your garden this Monday.

Do visit our host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, to see her beautiful irises as well as what others have found to plonk or artfully arrange in a vase today!


The Tuesday View: 13th June 2017

It was a lovely sunny day today, with a cool breeze, and I actually enjoyed my least favourite garden/household chore – tidying the front hedge and sweeping the drive. I much prefer being in the back garden though. And looking at this view!

The lavender in the foreground is now flowering and the Lysimachia and Golden Rod (which will probably flower early this year) have got so tall. But let’s zoom in to that fluffy white blob in the distance, just to the left of the Acer…

The Goats’ Beard is flowering! And with the strong  breezes we have had, that and the giant Miscanthus left of it have been rustling and swaying like mad.

If I walk a few steps down the path I can show you the view from a slightly different angle – the pink rose at the top of this part of the rockery is now flowering too.

Here is a closer shot…

No name I’m afraid. It was here when we came, albeit rather neglected. It flowers on and off all summer.

Finally a longer shot. If you saw my vase yesterday you will see why I made the choice to use Lysimachia and Alchemilla together. 😉

If you would like to join me with a regular view of one part of your garden, please do!



In a Vase on Monday: Simply Yellow

Along with the Alchemilla mollis, the yellow Lysimachia has been so pretty this year I decided to honour it by using it in a vase this Monday, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

A few strands of the pretty grass Melica ciliata completed the look.

But my eye was then drawn to a couple of other yellows nearby…

Hypericum polyphyllum, Euphorbia seguieriana and Oenothera missouriensis were then placed in a smaller vase, with some Aruncus dioicus which has just started opening.

The Hypericum (St John’s Wort) is a little early, it usually waits until St John’s Day to flower – the longest day of the year.  Can you believe it is almost midsummer?!

Is anything yellow flowering in your garden right now?

Thanks to Cathy for hosting In a Vase on Monday. She has also found some yellows this week. 😀

Have a great week!