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In a vase on Monday – Queen Red Lime and friends


I’m embarrassed to say I’ve tried for at least two years to grow Zinnia Queen Red Lime and either germination has been really poor, or I’ve managed not to look after them as seedlings and they’ve damped off and died.

This year I’m really excited that they’re growing and flowering.  At the moment the stems are very short so I used the milk bottle circle to show them off.

I’m sure they’re not to everyone’s taste but I just love the rather sludgy pink of them and decided to go for a rather low key colour scheme to keep them company.IMG_4149

In addition to the two Zinnias (there’s also a green one, Z. Benary’s Giant Lime) I added a rather random mix of Astrantia, poppy seed heads, Erysimum ‘Red Jep’ (bottom left) and a little Sedum.IMG_4148

Here’s a more bird’s eye view.IMG_4147

And to finish, last week’s ‘on a desk’ arrangement.  Yes, more ‘Queen Red Limes’ but altogether a much more sombre palette.  Turns out it was pretty appropriate for last week’s work mood, so this week I’ve picked a much jollier bunch to see if that helps!IMG_4111

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday vases.


Superlative Sissinghurst

IMG_3460The Lutyens bench surrounded by glorious Clematis Perle d’Azur

It’s good to have friends.  Even better to have lovely friends who live within spitting distance of Sissinghurst, and invite you for the weekend!

It was another fabulous June day and although our visit was relatively short, we saw so much.

The first area was the famous White Garden which was looking a little ‘bitty’ as the newly planted out annuals are still filling out.  But the roses and eryngiuims were glorious and the effect of a white ‘room’ on such a hot day was very calming. IMG_3400


By complete contrast, we moved from the white garden to an area of bold orange and yellow planting.  These are two colours I don’t don’t have much of in my garden. not because I don’t like them, but largely because of all the inherited pink.  It was stunning, really bold and quite enveloping,  with fantastic height from the verbascum, IMG_3426

and Ligularia japonica.


Close up of Ligularia, towering overhead.IMG_3432 (2)

Further yellow was provided by the knapweed, Centaurea OrientalisIMG_3414

whilst the many oranges included the horned poppy, Glaucium corniculatumIMG_3417

Californian PoppyIMG_3423

Emilia coccinea (I’ve previously grown Emilia Javanica from seed which was very disappointing compared to this.  Perhaps I should dig up all my Fox and Cubs and replace them?)IMG_3418 (2)


and, probably my favourite honeysuckle, Lonicera ‘Dropmore Scarlet’.IMG_3421 (2)

With bold contrast from the very ‘bloody’ Potentilla atrosanguinea IMG_3433 (2)

From here to some really interesting shady planting.  Catananche caerulea AlbaIMG_3439

Turkscap Lily

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Anemone narcissifloraIMG_3443

Astrantia IMG_3453

and a beautiful, dainty climber, sorry no name.  Any clues?IMG_3442

Some great foliage Kirengeshoma palmataIMG_3446 

Onoclea sensibilisIMG_3454

And further into the light, Clematis Alba Luxurians (I think)IMG_3436

and a graceful philadelphus, Philadelphus Sybille, with a lovely sweet scent.IMG_3440

To finish, a fabulous purple borderIMG_3394

a view of the TowerIMG_3407

and a great little touch – a display of blooms currently in flower in the garden, together with their identities.IMG_3463 (2)