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In a Vase on Monday – Emma and friends

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Helloooooo!  How lovely to be back joining Cathy and co for In a Vase on Monday.

My excuse for not posting is a mix of the good (a lovely holiday walking round Lake Como and the mother in law’s 90th birthday celebrations in Lulworth Cove) but mostly the bad – far too much work (Zzzzzzz).

This week I popped into the garden before work and was inspired to create a quick vase as I spotted a number of pretty perfect blooms (despite the recent wet) on my ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ rose.  This was planted in the veg patch with two other roses (Summer Song and Hot Chocolate) for cutting in late 2018, so this is its first year and Emma has definitely outperformed the other two.

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To accompany her, I added some Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’IMG_7107

a couple of ‘Munstead Wood’ roses, a nameless Salvia and Dianthus ‘Green Wicky’ for foliage.IMG_7113

All were plonked into the circle of milk bottles vase which is a real favourite of mine as it requires very little in the way of arranging.

Whilst I do get fed up spending so much time ‘screen staring’ for work, I do enjoy joining in with this lovely meme.  Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog, to  see what she and other IaVoMers have arranged this Monday?

In a Vase on Monday – A very important visitor!

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Sunday was a VERY special day chez Duver Diary, as we welcomed none other than Rambling in the Garden’s Cathy – our very own IaVoM Queen Bee – accompanied by the golfer, for lunch.   (nb That’s ‘my’ golfer in the photo, not hers!)IMG_6805 (2)

The outdoor arrangement was meant to be celebratory, but it was also supposed to (vaguely!) match the napkins.  It was made up of a general melee of dahlias (‘Roxy’ and ‘Happy Single Date’), Diascia ‘Green Wicky’, Helenium, Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’ and first ever pickings of Anisodontea (I think) ‘El Royo’.  I planted two quite large plants of this towards the back of the Swing Beds and, having now settled in well, they were ready for the chop!IMG_6809

Inside, for the kitchen table, I made a softer arrangement of more Zinnias, together with Rosa ‘Jubilee Celebration,’ Phlomis foliage and some grass heads, which I think are a Pennisetum.  I thought I’d grown them originally from Special Plants seeds, but she no longer seems to have them for sale, so perhaps I’m mistaken.  Anyway, Cathy was rather taken with them, so I dug up a clump for her to take with her, along with a couple of ‘Surcouf’ Perlargoniums.

However, on the plant swap subject, I was definitely ahead!  The purpose of this photo was to capture both the arrangement and the wonderful stash of plant goodies perched on the windowsill outside which Cathy had brought for me – a Gaura, Persicaria, Verbascum AND foxgloves – lucky me!IMG_6808

We had a very jolly lunch and, for those of you who haven’t met her (and I now understand there are more than a dozen bloggers who have!) she’s every bit as lovely as you would expect.

Thanks as ever for hosting Cathy!

In a vase on Monday – Pro tem posy

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Whilst the garden (and my job!) continue to go to hell in a hand basket, there are still pockets of beauty to be found – particularly on such a stunning October day.

I’m temporarily enjoying this little posy, picked to take to lunch at my neighbours, as it captures some of the remaining highlights:

Pink flower carpet roses and Prince Edward sweet peasIMG_5041

Zinnias (Queen Red Lime and Benary Giant Lime)IMG_5043

and Salvias (sorry not sure which one)IMG_5044

Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have been picking on this glorious day?

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

In a vase on Monday – Kitchen sink!

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The colour theme of this vase was supposed to be simply orange, with some contrasting purple from the Asters.  However, with the original pickings looking far too mean, I broadened the remit.

One thing led to another, and I’ve ended up with a rather random selection of the original planned Pat Austin roses (already looking a little floppy by the time I took the photo) Euphorbia characias ‘Wulfenii’ and Asters,  then being joined by Zinnias, both ‘Benary Giant Lime’ and ‘Queen Red Lime,’IMG_4495

a single stem of Antirrhinum ‘Orange Wonder,’ seed heads from Arum italicum pictum,IMG_4498

Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date’ and Rosa ‘Jubilee Celebration’IMG_4494

I think it was Constance Spry who said when flower arranging you should ‘allow room for the butterflies’ – I think it’s fair to say by the time I’d finished cramming, there was probably only space for a Small Blue!

Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have picked for their vases this Monday?

In a vase on Monday – sweet peas at last!

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Finally!  Growing Winter Sunshine sweet peas in the greenhouse for the last couple of years has allowed me to cut sweet peas from as early as April.

Not so this year!  Not sowing seed until late, and then leaving the poor little plants languishing in root trainers for far too long has meant my first picking are very late this year, but here they are.  Definitely better late than never!

The sweet peas here are a just ones and twos  of ‘Almost Black’, ‘Barry Dare’, ‘King Edward VII’ and ‘Prince Edward of York’.  To these I’ve added a couple of pink Salvia stems,  Dianthus ‘Green Wicky’, Zinnias (‘Queen Red Lime’and Benary’s Giant Lime’),IMG_4266

and Dahlia ‘Recoleta’.  IMG_4267

Now the sweet peas have started let’s hope they’ll fill many more vases to come!

With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts our Monday vases, and this week is also sharing her lovely Zinnias.

In a vase on Monday – Queen Red Lime and friends

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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.

 

Sir Harold Hillier garden revisited

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Back in February I visited the stunning 4 acre winter gardens at the Sir Harold Hillier gardens in Hampshire, and at that time vowed to return to see the Centenary Borders looking rather better than they were then:IMG_0446

Fast forward six months and they were absolutely magnificent.  At over 250 metres long, they’re the longest double borders in the UK and comprise over 30,000 plants.  The aerial photo below is from the garden’s website and shows the incredible scale of the endeavour.Pond

The planting was all still looking fresh and vigorous which I think is impressive as we head to late August.IMG_8341

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And there were some lovely plant combinations like the salvia and perovskia with the dahlia IMG_8292

and the amaranthus with the grass.IMG_8301

There were a couple of similarly coloured sedums, Sedum ‘Marchants Best Red’ andIMG_8304

Sedum Red Cauli.  I particularly like this latter one and wonder whether I might find room for it in the Mid Century Bed.IMG_8299

Whilst many of the agapanthus in the borders were finished, this incredibly dark one, Agapanthus Black Magic was still in perfect condition and really striking.  It’s so dark it was actually quite hard to photograph and you’d have to be very careful where you placed it to provide a contrasting background. IMG_8338

And back to the dark red theme, there were a number of these Ricinus at over a metre tall.  I grew Ricinus communis ‘Carmencita’ from seed earlier in the year and now have four or five in 9cm pots. The question is what on earth am I going to do with them now?  Whilst one might look good in the new Mid Century bed, sadly I don’t have 250m of double borders to fill, so don’t really think I’ve got the space for them. Perhaps Hilliers would like a couple more?

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From the Centenary Borders we walked on to Jermyn’s House, the previous residence of the Hillier family, the site of February’s lovely snowdrop display, and most importantly the location for my coffee and cake stop.

However, it wasn’t the cake that stopped me in my tracks, but the fabulous planting against the house.  IMG_8313

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It was absolutely stunning.  Many of the flowers I’d grown either this year or in the past (Nicotiana Lime Green, Rudbeckia Cherry Brandy, Amaranthus caudatus ‘Viridis’) but they’d also succeeded with Zinnia Queen Red Lime (the one Zinnia I failed with this year) and brought them all together to produce a bold, brilliant whole.   One of my favourite borders EVER!

I definitely predict some Jermyn’s House inspired revisions to my Bronze Bed next year. IMG_8314

And to finish, one plant I didn’t know, this gorgeous, simple dahlia.  I was so struck with it I asked a member of staff what it was and she confessed it was a ‘rogue’ – not the dahlia they’d ordered and so she couldn’t identify it.

However, she explained that it had been bought from a local supplier, and that let to a whole new adventure….IMG_8327