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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2017

Plenty of Dahlias providing fabulous spikes and pom poms and now joined by numerous annuals in their stride, including nasturtiums,

marigolds – Calendula ‘Pink Surprise’ (with the surprise being how very un-pink!)IMG_2903

and outdoor sweet peas, including the bicoloured ‘Prince Edward’.


In the Veg Patch, as well as the sweet peas, I’m growing Panicum ‘Frosted Explosion’ for the first time.IMG_2923

Meanwhile the Grass Bed has been turned into a daisy bed by the addition of Cosmos ‘Psyche White’IMG_2931

Erigeron ‘Sommerneuschnee,’ larger flowered (about an inch in diameter) and taller thanIMG_2934

 Erigeron karvinskianus

These have been joined by the spires of Verbascum chaixii ‘album’ and Salvia horminum ‘White Swan’.

More white (and blue) from the Agapanthus lining the back of the Strawberry Bed, back bigger and better this year.IMG_2926

Two Penstemons in the Swing Bed, the first a cutting from my sister’s garden, P.  ‘Stapleford Gem’ and the second inherited and unnamed.

More lilac/blue in this Scabious – a bit of a mystery plant!  I think it’s one I grew from seed last year – Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Blue Cockade.’  It did nothing last year, but this year, to my surprise, a number of plants have appeared.  However, whilst the flowers are lovely, the plants are tall (approaching a metre) and have flopped all over the place and need staking.


Lastly, in the Bronze Bed this Echincea – ‘Summer Cocktail’.  Don’t mind if I do!IMG_2954

Belatedly joining Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.

Blown away on the (Sussex) Prairie


It’s not often I’m blown away by a garden.  Not that there aren’t many favourites out there, but often they’re ‘interesting’, ‘well maintained’ and ‘attractive’, which is good, but just not stop-you-in-your-tracks different and fabulous.  And then came the Sussex Prairie Garden.

The six acre garden was created by Paul and Pauline McBride, who had both worked previously on a garden in Luxembourg designed by Piet Oudolf,  and only returned to the UK in 2007. They created the garden, to their own spiralling nautilus shell design, having propagated 30,000 plants from plants they’d brought back from Europe.  

Although a keen Oudolf fan, I have been disappointed on occasion with the borders at Wisley (the only Oudolf planting I’ve seen in person) and so was keen to see prairie planting on a larger scale.  Well I certainly wasn’t disappointed.  Not only is the planting fabulous, but the garden is also home to various sculptures, which further enhance the views.

The down side is that I was so busy squeaking about the astonishing vistas and ‘layers’ of colour repeated across significant distances, that I did a very bad job of noting plant varieties. Never mind.  Just sit back and enjoy the pictures.











IMG_3547And do you know what I’m excited about?  Returning in September when we deliver our daughter back to school.  I bet the rest of these Echinacea will be out then.