Everything has, all of a sudden, gone rather bonkers. All those odd self seeded plants are threatening to take over, but it’s unlikely I’ll live to see it as I will have been strangled by convolvulus long before…
In the right hand Swing Bed above, the roses on the pergola are flowering well. As some of you know, the idea of the two Swing Beds is that they are generally symmetrical, but this hasn’t been helped by two things. Firstly, my reluctance to pull out the existing apple tree and secondly, David Austin’s inability to supply two ‘Wedding Day’ rambler roses for the outside uprights. By a sheer coincidence, I think the rose on the far right is instead ‘Snow Goose’ which I have along the drive bed and was inherited. Consequently, these two are flowering away, but on the left hand Swing Bed, my Wedding Day rose is biding its time and instead I have the Clematis Josephine (which is a little smothered on the right). These symmetrical plans are all very well but one does need to be flexible! This is the Swing Bed looking north. You can see the Cerinthe is still flowering like mad, but has now been joined by some perennial geraniums, foxgloves and Sisyrinchium striatum. I’m particularly chuffed with the Digitalis ‘Suttons Apricot’ which I grew from seed. I planted them out last year (having planted the seed the year before), but lost a number to the chickens, and the remainder were all rather nibbled, so last year there were no flowers. However they’re now flowering well, so I guess one positive of the fox getting my poor girls last year, is that I get my foxgloves this year! This is the left hand Swing Bed and you can see my solitary lupin, Lupinus ‘Gallery Rose’, and you can also see a massive clump of Sisyrinchium. The plant was a gift which I split and put a small piece in each bed a couple of years ago. What’s comical is the fact that in both beds the original clump in the centre of the bed is quite small, but a much larger clump has somehow bullied its way to the front of the border and is now crowding out the geraniums and alchemilla. I think some judicious ‘thinning’ (binning?) is in order.
What you can’t see in the photo above is my lovely poppy, I’m pretty sure this is Papaver Patty’s Plum. It does look a little pink for Patty, but I can’t think that I planted anything else. The Grass Bed is having a transformational moment. I’ve planted Verbascum chaixii album which I grew from seed, all along the back of this bed, but I don’t think they will flower this year. In front I already have the mad allium, Allium ‘Hair’ (still in bud) and far too many fox and cubs (Pilosella aurantiaca).
This is a plant I first saw when I took my mother to The Garden House on her 80th birthday. This instantly became one of my favourite gardens and this plant reminds me of a wonderful garden and a very special day. However, it is threatening to take over the garden, so I think some more thinning/binning required here. I think once I’ve got round to taking out the forget me nots I’ll add some annuals from the rather large collection still filling the greenhouse. But which to choose? The Diving Lady, introduced in last month’s End of Month View, now has a pool to dive into and something to look at:
The strawberries are ripening so we’ve but some fleece over the whole bed (bottom right of picture above) so that we don’t lose them all to the blackbirds.
Meanwhile the Shady Bed is looking lush and green (although rather overrun with Honesty seedlings). There is very little colour here, apart from the rose, which laughs at my ‘Shady’ description.
This is the bed which epitomises the ‘bonkersness’ of the garden currently. This is one of the ‘Lavender Beds’ (that’s a name I’ve just made up as they don’t have names, but there are two of them and the path in the middle is lined with lavender).
A number of these plants were inherited (the rose and the paeony for example) but this year all sorts of plants which have been growing around and about, seem to have decided to party in this one bed at the same time. The Allium Purple Sensations are on their third year and better than ever, the Gladioulus Byzantinus have not previously visited this bed, and the Linaria purpurea and Verbena Bonariensis which were here before, have had a population explosion. I’m starting to feel I’ve completely lost control, and yet there’s a certain delight in letting them all get on with it.
The Oak Bed (above) continues to disappoint, but the Melianthus major is still a joy and the Gladioli here cheer me up. I think a proper redesign is required for next year.
With many thanks to Helen at The Patient Gardener for hosting the End of Month meme. Why don’t you go and check out some other End of Months?