I feel like I’ve barely set foot in the garden over the last three weeks (apart from picking flowers!) and am feeling a bit overwhelmed with how behind I am. To compound things, a number of plans don’t quite seem to have come off including the Sisyrinchiums above. Some of you may remember the Sisyrinchium saga where I got fed up with Sisyrinchium striatum taking over the Swing Beds and so I pulled them out at the end of 2014. I then went to Mottistone Gardens, thought they looked lovely (see photo below from June 2015) and put them back in. Sure enough enough, I’m now cross with them again. I swear I placed them through the beds and so how have they ended up in a great big clump at the front? And shall I pull them out again? Sigh.
Secondly, at the back of the beds I planted some Gladioulus communis subsp. byzantinus from Sarah Raven last autumn, in an attempt to provide some colour after the tulips. I should have planted them through the bed, but even so, they haven’t turned out as I expected.
and existing – taller, a better colour and a bigger bloom. Why couldn’t I have had more of these? I feel an email coming on.
And a final moan, in the Mid Century Bed, which is supposed to have ‘bruised’ colours, look at the foxglove. Ah well, it looks good with the rose.
Right, enough moaning. One thing I am chuffed with in this bed is this Lysmachia atropupurea I grew from seed last year. There are at least two (there may be others smothered by Cerinthe) and they’re only small so far, but end up quite shrubby and are apparently good for cutting.
The right hand Lavender Bed is starting to fill out, with some Peonies just coming into bud.
The Bronze Bed, as feared, is overwhelmed with dying bulb foliage, but I’m prepared to wait a little longer before cutting back if it means they’ll return next year.
The Rose, Rosa ‘Pat Austin’ and Icelandic poppies are already making an impact and will soon be joined by Scabious, Nasturtium and Achillea.
In the Veg Bed I have planted out a few more beans, but there’s still a lot more to get in, and some of the Courgettes have been attacked to the point where I’m not sure they’ll pull through. Ah well, I probably had too many anyway!
Excitingly, the Agapanthus I grew from seed and planted out at the back of the Strawberry Bed, have now got multiple buds.
Many pots are starting to romp away, but there are also plenty yet to be planted up. This one, planted last year with Pelargonium ‘Surcouf’ and Clematis ‘Princess Di’ has suddenly taken off.
With many thanks to Helen at the Patient Gardener for hosting our End of Month views.