My Garden This Weekend – 10th August 2014

Dahlia 'Chat Noir'
Dahlia ‘Chat Noir’

I haven’t been in the garden this weekend apart from to take some photographs.  Sunday has been wet and windy thanks to residue of hurricane Bertha once she had blasted across the Atlantic.  We have had very heavy downpours and it is much cooler which I for one am grateful for.  The garden should certainly have benefited from the rain.  On Saturday I 2014_08100007missed out on the good gardening weather as I spent all day at the local horticultural show – exhibiting, stewarding and generally helping out.  You can see some of the horticultural delights on our society website here.  I didn’t enter much as life has been a little hectic recently and I didn’t want to cause myself more stress than I already had.  I entered five floral classes and won two thirds and a highly commended and I entered a scarf in the handicraft section and won a second.  Not as good as last year but all things considered not bad.

I have been pondering the border along the top of the wall.  Recently I have mentioned that I am going to remove the Delphinium and go for something that will have a longer period of interest.  I recently saw an article in one of the glossy magazines (Gardens Illustrated I think) about a garden in Holland and I was struck by the planting in the borders which had a strong colour palette with a lot of foliage interest.  I have started planning the border with the above purchases of sedums, stacys, imperata and lily grass.  I think the colours will work well with the roses and abelia at the beginning of the border.  Once I have removed all the delphiniums and improved the soil I am going to work my way down the border planting a block at a time in an attempt to get some harmony and interest. Who knows it may work.

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The heavy rain has been a good test for the pond.  Although this is a rather grandiose title for what is essentially an old tin bath.  The long term intention is to use it as a collecting pond for the downpipe off the shed but we just haven’t had time to put the guttering up and I have no idea when we may get around to this.  However in the meantime I have added some zantedeschia and a white lobelia.  The zantedeschia have thrived especially when the weather was hotter.  I need to do some research into whether I can leave them over winter or not.  We also need to re-site the bath so that it doesn’t lean towards the shed! I am sure it was straight when we placed it but maybe it has settled strangely into the gravel.

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The Big Border is looking good and full at the moment and the asters are beginning to flower.  I am leaving this border alone for the coming year apart from adding some interest along the opposite edge and filling a few gaps.  I also think I need to tie the Euphorbia into the planting better as it looks like a sore thumb so maybe some more silver is needed?

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Helen, zantedeschia is certainly hardy – it dies back and comes back every year for me. But I’ve never seen it completely immersed like that. I might try it in the ponds. Thanks for the idea. D

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi David
      they have been in a few weeks and look good. I don’t know where I got the idea, might have seen it in a magazine. Not sure how hardy they will be in a frozen pond.!?

  2. Cathy says:

    The rain was certainly welcome – I went for my usual ramble after breakfast and had to change when I came back in as I was drenched! Look forward to seeing your new plants in the delphinium free border!

  3. TheDigger says:

    That’s a beautiful dahlia. I love the sedum you bought too, is it Purple Emperor?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Digger
      Yes Purple Emperor but also Sedum matrona too

  4. AnnetteM says:

    I love your photograph of Dahlia ‘Chat Noir’ with raindrops. It is a stunning flower.

  5. rusty duck says:

    The sedum and the imperata go brilliantly together!

  6. I do really love the texture and detail in your garden…Your choice of containers is a nice touch.

  7. bittster says:

    Your pond is probably settling down as the gravel it sits upon settles down in around the shed foundation.
    My taste is questionable, but I love the euphorbia and think it’s bold rather than a sore thumb. Your more grays idea sounds like a good one and I think you’re right in that it will help tie everything together… if it’s a gray/white theme you want there!

  8. Pauline says:

    I planted a Zantedescia in my pond one year, it didn’t appear the next year, although they are supposed to be hardy. The one I have in the bog garden has come through 2 winters now, but neither winter was really cold here.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Pauline
      Maybe it froze in the pond. Going to plant mine in the bog border I think

    2. Sue Cuthbert says:

      Hi Helen, I read with interest your past post about creating a bog garden in an unwanted pond – i have a water feature in an old tin trunk that has sprung a leak and am going to follow your example! I’m going to try an Arum lily in there as well as a Sedge and Astilbes, but am just wondering if Arum lilies mind full sun (as long as their feet are wet?

  9. Diana Studer says:

    the arum lily is more a bog plant, than a pond plant. Here in the wild, they will mostly be dry in summer – and leaf out when the hollows hold the winter rain. Mine are simply planted among the roses.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Diana
      Yes I think they are bog plants here too and I think I will plant them in the border but I must have seen them used in a pond somewhere as I know I wouldn’t have come up with the idea myself!

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