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I’m amazed at how much colour there is in the garden at the moment, especially as there seemed to be very little back in August.  Of course some of the colour is courtesy of the autumn leaves and various berries but there is still a significant floral contribution. This hydrangea is one of those supermarket finds from a year or so ago which to be honest I had forgotten about until I… Read More

I nearly forgot all about Garden Bloggers Bloom Day but here I am a day late.  My first offering is the elegant Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’.  I acquired this a year ago from a local plant sale and it seems to be one of those plants that has been doing the rounds in our local HPS group.  I love the two-tone flowers along with the grey toned leaves.  It’s also easy from cuttings…. Read More

Another simple vase from me this week showcasing the Kirengshoma palmata which is looking beautiful at the moment.  This is one of few plants that I would really miss if I was to loose it and I look forward every year to the first flowers appearing.  As I have said before on this blog the flowers remind me of butter curls. I have added a bit of extra colour with some stems… Read More

I was interested to read Christina’s recent post extolling the importance of foliage.  I have found myself in the last year or so beginning to think more about how different foliage works together and my favourite bed in the garden is one where the planting is based entirely on foliage combinations and the flowers come second.  As I said in a recent post I want to move more in this direction in… Read More