The Nepal Himalaya Park Revisited

In early July I returned to the Himalaya Garden near Regensburg, which I posted about here, but this time with my sister. It was very sunny, but the bright sunshine didn’t detract from the planting at all. As I mentioned in my last post about it, this is not a show garden, but more a plant lover’s playground. And yet some of the combinations were stunning! These Foxtail Lilies for example, with golden green Euphorbia and golden grasses…

The blues, silvers and golds all melded together too: here Eryngium with more grasses…

And here Eryngium, Lavender and Melica ciliata…

I particularly like this part of the garden, set in a former stone quarry on a well-drained south-facing slope…

We both enjoyed the amazing and unusual selection of plants and trees, some of which remain unidentified. Can anyone help us identify this tall flower in the foreground below, with large silvery leaves?

And those green ‘umbrella’ style plants on the right seem familiar too… now what are they!

I know I can count on my wise and curious plant-loving readers for help! 😉

The Tuesday View: 11th July 2017

This Tuesday my view is looking somewhat dishevelled after a week of heat, thunderstorms and high winds! Whenever the sun appears from behind the clouds it is far too hot to even deadhead the roses, but I don’t think the bees and other visitors mind too much! 😉 Here it is today taken a little further from the left than usual…

The focus is till on the Stipa gigantea in the middle…

… and the single Achillea flower which will hopefully be followed by more to fill in the support.

The Perovskia is turning bluer by the day. Soon the bees will be flocking to it. This one is supposed to be a dwarf form, but is almost as tall as my other one.

It is currently almost impossible to get into the rockery and do much work, even if the weather were cooler, as the planting is close and the slope is steep – and slippery after all the rainshowers we have had. In this picture you can see a little better how steep it is…

Behind/below the yellow Achillea is the Hypericum shrub – it froze back badly in the winter, but has made a remarkable recovery. I usually give it a hard prune in spring, but didn’t need to this year.

Oh, I have just spotted my Buddha in the above photo… I always forget he is there in the summer as he gets lost underneath the Acer!

That’s it for this week. Other Tuesday Views would be more than welcome and in the comments below you will soon find links to others who have already joined me in showing a single view weekly, to record the seasonal changes.

Thanks for visiting!


In a Vase on Monday: Spot the Difference!

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden once again by gathering materials from my garden for a vase, in order to share them with you all.

I’m afraid the pink rose in the background was trying to grab all the attention while I took the photos!

Can you see what the difference is in the next picture?

The dwarf Buddleia is doing a fine job of attracting the butterflies, mostly Peacocks, but also this Silver-washed fritillary…

It is hot, humid and windy here, and heavy showers have flattened some of my grasses, so I picked a big bunch of these (Sporobolus?), stuck in a stray Buddleia stem, and a Melica ciliata that was swaying over the pathway, and framed it all with some rather healthy looking Hellebore foliage. (Wish it looked that good in winter!)

At the front I added a reddish pink Daucus carota ‘Dara’ flower.

Everything was placed in a flower frog in a new vase, which I picked up on a whim on a brief trip to the florist this morning. I love the colour and the glaze, as well as the shape. 🙂


Daucus carota ‘Dara’, grown from seed this spring – it’s a slow germinator, but worth the wait!

Having just looked at Cathy’s own lovely vase today I think we must have been on a similar wavelength as the shape of our vases is very similar. Do go and visit her and see what beautiful arrangements are being created around the world for her meme this Monday!

The Tuesday View: 4th July 2017

It is a warm and muggy Tuesday as I take my photos for my weekly look at the south-west rockery.

The ants have just flown and the sun keeps disappearing behind threatening clouds, but it remains dry. The garden has benefitted enormously from showers over the past five or six days, and the red Lychnis continues to provide splashes of colour.

The lavender is at its peak and the golden rod is standing tall, regardless of rain or drought, sun or wind.

The Perovskia on this side of the rockery will be opening soon, as will the Achillea in the round plant support in the foreground… it is just starting to show some yellow.

Here is the same view when the sun disappeared behind another cloud!

I look forward to seeing other Tuesday views this week. Do join me if you can!