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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… Read More

Today, St Swithin Day, has been dry so I am very hopeful that the tedious rain will be behind us.  I don’t actually mind the cooler weather but it is getting frustrating not being able to get jobs done and enjoy the garden.  I thought I would start with a  smily sunshine plant – Anthemis tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandaise’. I, and the pollinators, am really enjoying the Cephalaria gigantea or Gaint Scabious.  It… Read More

It was more of a challenge to find nice blooms for GBBD this month.  Lots of the plants are beginning to look tired and a little worn around the  edges but there are still some blooming their socks off.  The Rudbeckia above is very bright and I am actually struggling to find the right spot for it,  its definitely in the wrong spot at the moment colour wise but I am planning… Read More

Its interesting that although there appears to be alot of colour in the garden at the moment it is coming from fewer plants than in previous months.  One of my favourites at this time of year is the Japanese Anemone.  They really sparkling in the twilight and are quite a nice foil to other flowers such as Lobelia Tupa. Another favourite is this Cimicifuga racemosa ‘Atropurpurea’ which has a wonderful scent. Alot… Read More