I have missed joining Cathy in her weekly meme but today I have got a bit of time at home to join her.
Firstly is a sprig of Verbena bonariensis in a Japanese Tom-thumb sized pot which I acquired at Darsham nurseries , Suffolk. It reminds me of the pebbles on the beach.
So not much picking or arranging involved but pleasing to my eye at least.
In the garden shelter I have an old acid bottle, don’t you?
into which I have picked flowers from Hosta Praying hands.
I am not really a fan of Hosta flowers as I think they detract from the beauty of the leaves so I snipped them and plonked them in the bottle.
My neighbour gave me a bunch of her perennial sweet peas. Pretty and pink, I have them in a blue glass bottle outside.
Aren’t they sweet.
Now do take a look at Cathy’s blog and look at some of the other lovely arrangements.
This is a new meme for me. Simply put this is a look at six plants in my garden which are looking at their best and most interesting right now.
Cercis candanensis underplanted with stachys
Such sweet glossy heart shaped leaves become bigger and bigger and back lit their foliage is unquestionably eye catching.
Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle and chair. This is their second year and boy do they deliver.
From lime green they open to a dreamy green white, one of those colours the people at Farrow and Ball would no doubt find a great name for.
After a few weeks picking off lily beetle these are looking in good condition and smell divine. They are huge too, about 1m tall. Shall I pick them? Hmm maybe just one.
I planted these in 2015 and unlike my last garden they have returned each year looking bigger and better.
This is Hemerocallis Little Grape. All daylily do well on my heavy clay soil and this one is a cast off from my friend Liz. Thanks Liz! It is smaller than most at about 40cm high but the strength of colour is very good.
Buddliea love them? Or loathe them? I would not be without at least one as they definitely bring butterflies into the garden. This is Buddleja Miss Ruby a modest sized version at 2x2m but easily contained with a spring pruning The aroma is very fruity. I really like the sharp colour on this one.
Echinops ritro I love all of the echinops but some such as Taplow Blue do not do well on my soil. This however is delightful, makes a good cut flower and adds such a clear form after the alliums are over. so that’s my six on Saturday. If you have six to share please add a link #sixonsaturday The propagator
Have a great weekend. D.
I just had to share this with you, Clary sage and Dianthus.
I love the colour contrast especially against the grey table top.
I love the shredded paper like quality to the white petals of the carnation.
Seen today at Darsham Nurseries, Suffolk. D.
It is always interesting to visit someone else’s garden don’t you think? This garden is delightful, loose, free, the epitome, if you like of a cottage garden. Consequently todays vase is the same.
There is an unknown variety of a pink rose and five different hardy geraniums. They are pink ones, white and purples. There are perennial sweet peas in soft pink and a dark pink lychnis. There is Alchemilla and the wild flower known as fox and cubs.
Dark claret buttons of Knautia Macedonica repeat the strength of colour from the lychnis.
The garden planting scheme was created by designer Laura Arison.
The jug is a complimentary green colour is stamped “Mersey” on the base and most likely will have been one of the owners finds. The colour repeats the poppy seed head colour. Pleasing.
Joining Monday Cathy with this vase.
Have a lovely Monday and thanks for reading. D.
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