It seems I have a growing collection of Agapanthus in the garden more by luck than design. It probably is because I have a weakness for all bulbs and at this time of year its seems to be either Agapanthus or Crocosmia. Over recent years they have been moved to the big border which is in full sun, slopes and has a large quantity of gravel in, so good drainage.
Most of my Agapanthus are anonymous, but I am pretty sure that the one above is Agapanthus ‘Alan Street’. I need to liberate it a bit as it has been overshadowed by something else and the stems are quite bendy.
I have included one of Echinacea partly because I am pleased that it seems to have established itself now coming back for a number of years but also because I think it is interesting the impact the drought has had on the flower formation. I have a number of plants where the flowers and stems are just short this year presumably because they haven’t had enough moisture.
I also seem to have started to collect Knipofia; I like the contrast their vertical spires bring to other flowers. I used to despise their gaudy flowers and tended towards the more subtle varieties such as Knipofia ‘Toffee Nose’ which has finished flowering this year. But this year I have added a couple of the Knipofia ‘Popsical’ as they are excellent for pick up the orange of the Crocosmia and tying the border together.
Also new to the garden this year are a couple of Agastache. Again the Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’ helps to pull the border together with the Kniphofia and Crocosmia and the Anemanthele lessioniana.
I’ve also added a couple of Agastache ‘Black Adder’ to provide a contrast to the oranges.
So these are my August floral highlights. Thanks to Carol for hosting this meme – check out her blog for more GBBD posts
My vase this week contains some late summer perennials which are looking good in the garden at the moment. I have to admit to being a little mean when I cut flowers in the garden. I really hate diminishing the display and many of my plants are to young to produce lots of blooms.
This week’s bunch contains some perennial Rudbeckia which arrived in the garden, possibly via bird seed. One of the pale pinky red echinacea, a larger flowered Aster whose name is long-lost (I much ask Helen Picton which it is), two types of Crocosmia – one of which could well be ‘Sunglow’, an unknown Persicaria, Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ and some Thalictrum – probably delavayi. It seems the lesson to learn here is I need to keep better notes of what is what!
There is nothing to tell you about the vase as I am sure I have used it before for this post. It is one I bought in my early teens when on holiday in Venice and I have used it ever since. It is the perfect vase with a narrow neck which flares at the top thus keeping the stems together but allowing the flowers to spread out.
So this are the colours of my garden at the beginning of September. For more vases pop over the Cathy’s at Rambling in the Garden
I have been very remiss in participating in recent months in Cathy’s Monday meme – In a Vase on Monday. Life has been so busy at work and at home that it was one thing too many. Anyway, the various things that have been challenging seem to be moving in a positive direction towards a resolution and I have felt the weights that have weighed me down lifting. Today, I start two weeks annual leave so I thought I would celebrate by joining in again with the meme.
As I have said before when posting on this meme I have no preconceptions that I have any flower arranging abilities beyond the picking and plonking in a vase. I wanted to showcase the echinaceas and rudbeckias growing in the garden. Sadly on going to cut the rudbeckias I realised that my lack of time in the garden recently meant that all the annual rudbeckias were growing horizontally and then curving upwards which makes flower arranging, even of the plonking kind, a but of a challenge. Anyway, I have done my best and I have also included a couple of zinnias although I think they are a little lost and would probably have been better in a zinnia only combo.
So that’s my vase this week and I am going to try very hard to keep up with the meme now.
For other vases on this sunny Monday pop over to Cathy’s
It seems as though summer has finally arrived, the temperatures have definitely lifted into the 20Cs and the borders are very dry; not great given the plants I have planted out in the last few weeks such as the Echinacea above.
I was lucky to receive a gift of a number of Echinacea from Rob Cole at Meadow Farm last weekend. Rob is known for his breeding of Echinacea and he is working towards breeding some strong varieties which will do well year on year in British gardens. I have planted them out in the top of the Big Border and they have added a real bling along the grass path.
The border isn’t as floriferous as it was a few days ago due to me cutting flowers for the local horticultural show. I hadn’t planned to enter as I have been so busy at work and as Treasurer of the society I had a lot to do making up prize money etc. However, time was on my side for a change and I had time on Friday evening to put 7 entries together. I’m glad I did as I came away with two second places, three thirds, and one highly commended. Not bad for a last minute effort.
In another week this Agapanthus ‘Alan Street’ might have done well despite, like many plants in my garden, leaning distinctly to one side. I thought it would be better this year with the removal of the majority of the willow but now I wonder if it is just an effect of the slope. I think if I want to show plants next year I will have to identify them early and stake them.
Given the dryness of the borders my gardening time had to be focussed on the greenhouse which as you can see from state of the tomato plants was a good thing. I had no intention of growing tomatoes this year but my youngest had a green moment back in the Spring sowing various seeds including tomatoes, peppers, chilli and herbs for his new house. Sadly with one thing and another the move had to be cancelled and I ended up with all the plants. Now he and his girlfriend are about to rent a house I am hoping that some of the chillies and peppers might find a way to their new home but I will definitely be left with the tomatoes. I spent today rearranging everything in the greenhouse so that I can also get in, just about, and water the plants. A few nice surprises were lying in wait for me beneath the tomatoes – the first fern plantlets had appeared and the Euphorbia cuttings had taken. These are both firsts for me so I was really thrilled.
Finally I leave you with a photo of my herb window box which like the greenhouse has taken advantage of my lack of attention and is completely out of control. There are herbs in here, more of my son’s purchases for his original house, but I added a few nasturtium seeds I happened to have and they seem to have gone mad. I think they look wonderful and am considering trying the same over the prostrate rosemary next year.
And now I have to go and water the garden again… I would so like it to rain.
What a thrill just in time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day my passion-flower has flowered. This variety is Passionflower Perfumed Passion and I can confirm that it certainly does have a good perfume. This is a tender plant and is in the greenhouse but there is quite a bit in flower in the garden.
I have three Echinacea now and they seem to do alright on the slope border. In fact the slope is becoming more of the ‘daisy’ border and I think as part of the big autumn makeover I will actively build on this and move more daisy type flowers to the slope. They seem to do particularly well, especially asters, as they have to ability to move with the wind which does wipe along the top of the garden. I have grasses intermingled with them and it is beginning to look good
I bought this Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Summer Nights’ at RHS Tatton Flower Show last month and I am really pleased with it. I love the contrast between the bright yellow flower and the red stems and purple red foliage.
I bought this Coreopsis to fill a gap at the front of the border. It is a beautiful plant and very popular with the bee population. I need to check on how hardy it might be and whether I need to protect it over the winter
My Anglica giga is looking stunning. I am annoyed that I didn’t remember to sow seed for next year’s plants back in the spring so I have made a note in the now trustee garden notebook to remember to sow them next spring.
More daisy flowers, this time a Rudbeckia. I don’t remember planting this but I have two of these plants and they are quite impressive growing over 5ft tall but I will have to move them as they are both in the wrong place. The one above is right in front of my Lobelia Tupa clump which is not a great combination.
Leucanthemum Broadway Lights is going strong. This one won’t be moving to the Daisy/Slope border as it is a stiffer plant and I think it will be better as late summer interest in the newly planned Cottage Garden/early summer border. I wonder if I will have carried out all these plans this time next year!!
Just to prove that I have non daisy type flowers in my garden here is Scabiosa Burgundy Bonnets. Another very popular insect plant.
Those are some of my August highlights. I have had a look back at last August’s GBBD post and whilst some of the plants are the same, the photos show that the borders are much fuller this year than last. I have been looking at the garden and thinking it looked awful but actually having looked back it isn’t as bad as I thought but I will still be carrying out my plans.
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