COOLING DOWN A HOT BORDER
My red and yellow border is looking bright and full of texture, but was starting to look too much like last years. The deep red day lilies are just starting to bloom and a pot of pelargonium with multi coloured foliage is promising a good display. Last week I’d planted a tall Ligularia “The Rocket’ to brighten the back of the border, then a yellow curry plant Helichrysum italicum at the front. I was beginning to like the grey foliage in this border too. So a radical approach occurred to me as I was clearing out the garage and wondering what to do with some vintage cups and saucers.
What fun I had stuffing thyme and succulents into the blue and white crockery in time for a tea party. I even found some Isotoma ‘Fairy Carpet’with its tiny blue-bell flowers that is perfect in an old jug.
To add blue to my border I’d simply packed a terracotta pot with lobelia, and squeezed in a veronica in front of a pale yellow Achilles. The Veronicas spikey flower mirrors the yellow flowers of the Ligularia too. Blue also looks great with grey foliage, and so with a move around with all the pots I’ve created a new scheme.
At the allotment the broad beans have gone over so it was time to pull them out. My cauliflowers have all been harvested but I had successional sowings waiting in the greenhouse. So the next batch are planted where the beans were. My onions are dying back and ready to lift. Spinach has bolted before I got a chance to pick it. So I’ve cleared that area ready for a batch of strawberries that I tried in hanging planters but are just not doing well.
My favorite daily task is a visit is to the greenhouse to see the cucumbers. They have very cleverly started to use the top shelf to dangle their fruits from. I’m also impressed with tomatoes ‘Maskoyka’ as they are exactly the right size of plant for my little greenhouse too. A bowl of back-up salad leafs are handy in there too for those times when there’s no lettuce at the allotment. All in all I’m discovering the best plant for the best space that suits my busy lifestyle.