Monthly Archives: September 2018

Silk Tree – Albizia julibrissin ‘Ombrella’

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Regular readers will know I planted a silk tree in spring 2017 and it’s just flowered for the first time (above)!

I was prompted to buy an Albizia having seen the stunning bright pink as Albizia julibrissin Rosea at Harold Hillier gardens (below).

I chose ‘Ombrella’ as it’s rather smaller, only growing to 10-15ft, and whilst I feel a little disappointed by the rather more muted flower colour, I adore the unusual and wonderfully healthy foliage.

According to Burncoose, who I bought it from, it can only withstand temperatures down to 1°C, so I think I should consider myself lucky it survived its first winter!

I wonder how long before it looks like this?IMG_8328

 

 

In a vase on Monday – Celebration!

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I seem to have got rather ‘stuck’ using this glass trough and various pinks and greens – but here we go again….

The title this week relates to the big blousy ‘Jubilee Celebration’ roses – and the Saturday wedding of our neighbours’ lovely daughter – what a fabulous do!

All these ‘Jubilee Celebration’ blooms came from one sumptuous branch and I thought rather than leave them on the bush, I’d bring them inside.

To these roses I added some darker pink flower carpet roses and ‘Prince Edward of York’ sweet peas.

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And then for contrast Dianthus ‘Green Wicky’ and Zinnia ‘Benary ‘Giant Lime.IMG_4295

Here’s the other side – very much more of the same.IMG_4298

I don’t suppose it’ll be long before there are petals all over the kitchen table, but in the meantime I’m enjoying both the scent and the scene!  IMG_4649 (1)

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday vases – and has a very impressive array of dahlias to share this week!

End of month view – August 2018

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Late again for End of Month View, and some rather dodgy photos to boot!

The roses above – Flower Carpet Pink – are back on stream and providing good colour in a garden otherwise rather lacking in colour now.

The Swing Beds are pretty much flower free apart from the Asters.IMG_4265

We’re enjoying the return of the decking –IMG_4246

and we even managed to save the vine that grew along the front.  That’s now been joined by some fuller looking troughs with Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Antiquity’ and Pelargonium ‘Choun Cho’.IMG_4255

The veg patch is pretty chaotic but we’re still picking plenty of goodies. IMG_4267

The Zinnias in the Grass Bed have filled out and are providing plenty of picking blooms.

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At the western end of the garden, the ‘Pat Austin’ roses and ‘Happy Single Date’ dahlias have been joined by the Arctotis ‘Flame’.   I just love those spiky blooms!

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The dahlias I’d planned to combine with the Asters in front of the greenhouse were similar to the Arctotis but much bigger, with the fabulous name ‘Mel’s Orange Marmalade’ – see photo below from Sarah Raven website.

Buy Dahlia 'Mel's Orange Marmalade' | Sarah Raven

Sadly, I can’t show my own photo as (I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before) I was supplied with the wrong ones, and instead they were pink.  However, they haven’t thrived (probably too dry and not rich enough soil) so in future I think I’ll focus on just the Agapanthus and Asters, and forget the Dahlias.IMG_4245

In the greenhouse, as well as plenty of tomatoes and a few cuttings coming along, these small aubergines ‘Slim Jim’ have done really well.IMG_4258

Aside from that, a few pots, and that’s about it! IMG_4264

With thanks to Helen at The Patient Gardener who hosts our End of Month Views