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FOXGLOVES AND PEONIES

After the cold Spring the garden is still trying to catch up.  It would usually be roses all the way by now, but they are only just beginning to flower.  Instead it's Foxgloves and Peonies which are making their debut this week.   1. The Long Border It was a bit hot here this week, but the back of this border was in the shade.  Still couldn't manage more than half an hour weeding and staking before I got overheated and had to retreat for a nice cold drink with The World of Interiors (which now has an annual gardens section).  Even they can't resist the lure of a nice plant. On the far left of the long border the sky blue delphiniums are just opening up, with a more purply blue from the salvia, and grey blue tones in the foliage of Iris Pallida and Rue. Further along, a clump of Kniphofia 'Traffic Lights' is in full fling.  I'm always confused about the supposed flowering times of Kniphofia, which seem to be earlier for me than the late Summer flowering time clai

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