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There are some plants which worm their way into my heart quite unexpectedly and I become completely obsessed with them.  Melianthus major is one but it is getting tough competition this year from Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’. Salvias are a family I have toyed with over recent years but they haven’t really grabbed my attention.  I have a couple of hardy shrubby ones, the dark blue Salvia ‘Amistad’ and Salvia involucrata ‘Boutin’. I… Read More

This is my favourite flower in the garden at the moment. Its a form of Salvia which I grew from some seed last year but as ever I have mislaid the label – any ideas?  My garden is going through a colour pallette transition at the moment.  We are moving away from the soft pastels of early summer and spring such this annual Phlox Leopoldii This plant is new to me and… Read More

Colour in the garden – what a challenge!  I have been a fan of Christopher Lloyd for a few years now and my copy of Colour for adventurous gardeners is well thumbed  However, getting it right isn’t that easy and what is right anyway?!  As Chistopher says in his introduction many gardeners worry about colour and about getting it right so it is easier to go for something harmonious and be seen… Read More

Had a good day out in the garden planting out some of my seedlings.  I have put this urn in the border that surrounds the pond to try and create a focal point – not very good at this design stuff.  The reddy/burgandy leaves are Lobelia Cardinalis, I am hoping that they will provide a good contrast with the urn and they pick up on the burgandy tinges in the Salvia.  The… Read More