I missed last month’s GBBD, which I regret not only because I enjoy taking part in Carol’s monthly Festival of Flowers but also because it is such a great way to record what is happening in the garden. I was determined to join in again this month, not least because our moving plans are firming up. We are going to be aiming to uproot ourselves next year, and although part of me is still very much in the present when I look at the garden, I also have an eye for what plants and combinations I want to take with me or at least remember that I like.
One plant definitely coming with us is my Hydrangea quercifolia, though I fear I may have another long wait for it to flower again if I disrupt it. The flower spikes are amazing, they take months to fully develop, and are larger than my hand. A truly magnificent plant.
There is still quite a lot of white in the garden, a colour I normally associate with earlier in the year, but I am delighted with how well the Astrantia ‘Shaggy’ has performed since I divided it last Spring. Another plant that will be going with us, I already have a couple of plants growing well in pots, and may be tempted to take more, depending on where we end up and with what. It combines well with so many other things I love, including catmint.
I’ve already expressed my surprise at the late blooming foxgloves, but they do go beautifully with my Malvern Show purchased Sanguisorba menziesii. The foxgloves I can collect seed from, but I foresee another change of location for the sanguisorba.
The Aconiutm ‘Newry Blue’ I bought in the Spring is now starting to flower, and is every bit as dramatic as I had hoped, a wonderful deep rich blue towering over the back of the border. I love it.
Achilleas are new to me, but I love the subtle combination of Achillia ‘Cassis’ and one of my sole remaining Knautia macedonica plants. The achilleas grew so well from seed I think I will just take the memory of how much I love them with me rather than raiding the border even further.
I have splashes of pink elsewhere too, which feels a little strange for me, but I love echinacea, and the Cosmos Sonata have such wonderful centres to them.
Hints of the hot colours gradually taking over the border pop up in unexpected places though. The self-seeded Californian poppies provide an interesting backdrop to this deeper coloured cosmos. I would never have planned this, but the golden centre of the cosmos matches the gold of the poppies exactly, and the picture they produce makes me smile. More lessons in colour.
My new favourite of the moment is Rudbekia hirta ‘Rustic Dwarf Mix’. I grew these from seed to help me play around with colour combinations in the pond border, and I love everything about them.
Each plant is smothered in buds, which start unfurling in a very beguiling way. Each one tantalises with glimpses of the colour to come.
The flowers themselves have a tendency to be slightly untidy, a little as if they haven’t quite got around to running a comb through their hair.
The effect en masse is slightly dishevelled but to me, totally charming.
I love the range of deep rich colours, and the way that as the flowers age they do that swept back thing. They grew really easily from seed, and apparently need to be treated as an annual, so at least I don’t have to dig them up. If I find myself wanting to take so many plants that we need to hire an extra van, TNG will put his foot down, so I am going to have to be picky.
Thanks again to Carol for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – pop over to her site to see what is blooming in other people’s gardens all over the world.