GBBD October 2012 – The Daisy Border

I took these photographs yesterday morning as I am meant to be a work today but needless to say the  cold that had been dogging my heels for the last week decided to start snapping and I have given in and retreated to my  bed.   Yesterday morning was one of those damp, chilly, misty Autumnal mornings.  The sun was trying to break through the mist  and was dancing off the petals of this Rudbeckia.  I don’t know which one this is, it self-seeded in my garden last year but it is very welcome with its elegant petals and cool dark centre.

The  Daisy Border (aka the slope) is the star of the show at the moment.  The grasses are filling out and the various ‘daisy’ type flowers are looking good although I need to do some thinning and add more variety.  This Verbena bonariensis is planted amongst the Calamagrostis overdam and is working well.  I have some seedlings to plant out  next year  to increase the effect.

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ is one of the plant dominating the border.  Close up it looks so sweet, dainty but en masse in two clumps I think it is too much.  I need some more purples in the border.

One of my Picton Asters – it might be Sara but I’m not sure.  The sun was really trying to come through when I took this plus there is currently another border in front of the slope so I have to step over the plants to take the photos.

I have lots of these Japanese Anemones and I need to move some so I am thinking of add them to the daisy border.  Now I know they aren’t daisy flowers but it is only a loose name and I think with their long stems they will work well in the shady end of the border maybe instead of one of the clumps of helianthus.

There are some other blooms in the garden but it is all a little faded so I won’t bore you with those.  For other gardeners’ Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts visit Carol’s blog.  I like the ones at this time of the year on the other side of the world to me where they are just starting spring.

The daisy border wakes up

Like a fairytale princess the daisy border is stretching her limbs and opening her eyes, welcoming the sunshine which seems to have finally arrived.

Aster umbellatus, like a bridesmaid leads the way, opening its tiny dainty flowers before all the others.  A mass of insects which hide when the camera appear.  It is tall, adding height and a delightful counterpoint to the Calamgrostis overdam take form the backbone of the border.

Aster ‘Sara (I think) has now demurely joined in.  You almost miss it in the border, the flowers are so subtle but when you look, really look, it is a really beautiful flower. Although prone to toppling on my slope.

Leucanthemum ‘Broadway Lights’ at the foot of the slope,  due  to its more diminutive nature, helps to hide the feet of some of the taller leggier plants.

Finally Verbena bonariensis, whilst not a daisy, it helps to add interest to the grasses at the back of the border and attracts more pollinators.

This is just the beginning there is echineau and heleniums beginning to flower so hopefully in another week or so the daisy slope will really come into its own.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – July 2011

The garden is at the half way stage – the early summer flowers have gone over and the late summer flowers are yet to really get underway.  However, there is still plenty putting on a good show such as the Achillea Flowerburst Red, grown from seed last year.  I love the colour but I do find the  flopping nature of the plant annoying.

Anyone who knows me well will know I’m not a fan of Heucheras but I do like the one above.  Its leaves are green with a bit of marbling but it is the flowers I like.  Happily the Heuchera is planted near the Achillea above and they go very well together.  Sadly, I know its name as it was a gift some years back.

The first of the daisy flowers is blooming away.  This is Leucanthemum Broadway Lights, not looking as yellow as I remember from last year and suffering from Salvia flowers falling on it.

I’m pleased that Clematis viticella  Etoile Violette is flowering on time especially as I unceremoniously dug it up earlier in the year and relocated it without the care it should have had.

The Clematis above also works well with the Catananche which is hanging down from the top of the wall border.  It’s such a pretty flower.

My Francoa has come through the winter well and is filling out well.  The Lobelia tupa (below) are thriving and bulking up.  They look so exotic that I was really surprised they survived the winter without any protection.

The Agastache just keeps coming back year on year and getting better and better.  The scent is quite heady and it is a real magnet for bees and other nectar seeking insects.

There are lots of Salvias and Geraniums in flower but the photos did not come out very well so instead I will finish with one of the Sunflowers growing at the allotment.

So that is a selection of my blooms this month.  For more Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts visit May Dream Gardens.

Daisy, daisy – give me your answer do!………

… to why you are spreading across my lawn in spite of lawn care treatments etc!!

They do look quite pretty though along with the clover and the dandelios and moss.  My lawn is very damp – it is basically on clay and with the amount of rain we have had this spring up until this week it positively squelched.  I put a moss and weed killer down last year and the ‘lawn’ was a very sorry state with the odd blade here and there amongst the dead weeds.  The weeds seem to have come back even stronger this year.  I have aerated, scarificied and feed to no avail.  I dont suppose it has helped that I grew some Bellis daisies this year for spring colour. I think I was sold a dude pack of seeds as they didnt look like the picture at all.  They were all white, single and remarkably like the diasies growing in my lawn – so maybe the Bellis daisies have self sown into the lawn!!!  I have now some to the conclusion that if you cant fight it you might as well work with it so I (or my son) will cut the ‘lawn’ on a regular basis and in between we will enjoy the pretty flowers.