JULY 2013

OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Purple and peach. Not a colour combination you could imagine would work together, but two climbing roses have now met in the middle and are looking sensational.

My sunny border has exploded with colour. This border started out as the ‘purple border’ but somehow, over time, colour has crept in. When the rosemary and alliums were in bloom the colour scheme looked planned. But at the moment inter-twined with the peach rose I have a more gentler shade of mauve clematis complementing the peach. Then there’s a red achilles, and a Sambucus nigra elder, blooming a delicate pink. A new pink clematis and honeysuckle are flowering away as they make their way up the trellis I built myself last year.

This border started off purple, but then other colours crept in.
This border started off purple, but then other colours crept in.

Some soft grey foliage in the form of lamps ears and curry plants (helichrysum italicum) together with an old hebe break up the green element. Future purple will come later in the season in the form of bee-friendly Echinacea Purpurea , the hebe and Verbena.

Beautiful center piece.
Beautiful center piece.

Pride of place in the center of the garden is a giant pot of pale pink, purple and magenta clematis that I bring out from their usual position when it’s putting on a show.

A new acquisition this month is a fabulous black Aeonium that I bought at a NGS open garden for a snip. I treated it to a terracotta pot as a contrast to the grey and green succulents that are potted in grey granite. This has unexpectedly made a ‘succulent collection’ to my garden and worth a bit of investment in the future.

Drama in the form of a black Aeonium.
Drama in the form of a black Aeonium.

In the green house the tomatoes are now in their final position for the summer. I lower the bench that they have been sitting on when the plants start to touch the roof. I stake them with a bamboo-cane frame and add a bit of shading in the form of an old rush window blind, and they are sorted. Chilies are potted up too and flowering away. Next job is to pot up the Romano peppers.

And finally, it has happened: the long awaited proper traditional trug full of veg. Spring cabbage that has over-wintered is harvesting now, first batch of round courgettes, then lettuce and radish. It’s a humble start for the trug. It’s also the start of “what am I going to do with all these courgettes” and “please take these home and stuff them”. I’ve even written out some recipe sheets to encourage my friends on how to stuff a round one!

We start in June 2013. Round courgettes, cabbages and lettuce.
Round courgettes, cabbages and lettuce.

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A blog about my gardening exploits to inspire, even if its looking like its all about go wrong. (Which it does, alot)

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