Having had a few days off at Sofa-on-Sea, I am returning to the fold with six from a parched garden. So much promise of rain, so little delivered. The water butts, and I have several, have run dry, the lawn is cracking and yet the bindweed just doesn’t give up. The greenhouse has been emptied of seedlings and young plants and those not yet planted out are now finding cover under the pergola.
First something lovely in blue. The anchusas were grown from seed sent by Fred in France They are the perfect companion for the self sown calendulas.
More blues from the delphiniums. These have taken a thrashing from the wind in the last couple of days and are still standing. I’m going to be a little smug and pat myself on the back for the staking. There is a non-blue one on the right. I like the colour and decided to try it in the main border this year but it’s not the right place for it. It will go back to another border where some white delphiniums are growing.
The allium nigrums have flowered. The are very different to allium ‘Mount Everest’. They are shorter, sturdier and slightly less airy. I think I will have to work with them for a year or two before I am comfortable that I have the right mix around them.
Sometimes the bird leave very useful presents in the garden and this is one. It is iris foetidissima in its yellow form. It has orange berries in the winter which must be attractive to the birds as I have clumps of them growing under the viburnum tree and the rhododendron. They seem to be indestructible and fortunately I like them. I pull up any odd ones dotted around but I’m happy to let those under the trees grow on. The striking companion is geranium ‘Anna Folkard’, still struggling to run riot but I’ll be patient, she hasn’t had an easy time in these dry conditions.
Okay, so I’m sneaking two in again. I might regret this next week. But here is astrantia ‘Roma’ with salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ in the background. The astrantias are self seeding happily and I wanted a few more of the ‘Caradonna’ to join them but the cuttings I took did not make into young plants. I will try again.
While the rose ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ dominates the picture it is the geranium that I draw your attention to. It’s ‘Brookside’. Largish, sprawling and lovely.
Whilst I hope there is time for every one to get a few jobs in the garden done I wouldn’t say no to a rain break every now and then. Don’t forget to take a look at some other gardens this weekend. It’s easy just stroll by The Propagator for all the links.