It's been poor weather for gardening this week.  It's not just that it's been raining, there has also been a cold northerly wind too.  The sun came out an hour ago and I went to take some photographs for this post, but I was driven back in all too soon by the cold and rain.

Thankfully, there is still plenty to write about in the garden.

1. My homage to Piet Oudolf

It's not really though.  It's a section of the Long Border, and is entirely based on the planting designs of Gertrude Jekyll.  But it's not been cut back and the seed heads from the Rudbeckia, Heleniums and Eryngiums  seem rather reminiscent of the new perennials movement.

2.  Viburnum rhytidophyllum

I wrote about an overgrown Mahonia last week.  This week's shrub that has grown too big and is due for a pruning is Viburnum rhytidophyllum.  It serves a useful purpose, adding weight to the back of a shrub border, and dividing one part of the garden from another.  But I wouldn't say its beautiful, although it's leathery leaves are ruggedly handsome enough.

3.  Magnolia Soulangeana buds

The buds on the magnolia offer another promise of spring.  My eye was attracted to the lichen growing on the branches. I think of lichen as something that grows on ancient trees in ancient valleys, whereas this tree was planted about five years ago.

4. Dianthus

This little plant which I've kept in the greenhouse has given me so much pleasure, and it is still flowering and managing to emit a faint fragrance.

5. Leaves

There's a lovely pile of leaves waiting to turn into leaf mould.  The job's not quite finished though there's still more on the ground to collect up.

6. Moles

Mr Bailey's bete noir.  Haven't seen much sign of them recently - but it seems they're back.

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  1. Lovely photo of the seed heads against the (brief) blue sky.

    1. Thanks Jane. It was very brief - it had clouded over by the time I took the next photo.

  2. Everything I hear about Gertrude Jekyll makes me wonder why I still haven't read anything of hers, yet. Her methods seem to fit well w/my madness, so I should indeed hear what she has to say. That seed head photo is lovely, btw. I'd often admired leather leafed viburnum in other folks' gardens but didn't know what it was. Now I do & thank you! I think it's beautiful in all its seasons, but if it's not for you, then at least it's useful. Your dianthus look amazing!

    1. If you wanted a recommendation, 'Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden' is the most useful book of hers that I have read. In it she writes mainly about her own garden month by month and describes how and why she designs and plants the way she does. It also has full planting plans of her main borders.

    2. Sounds like a good place to start. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. Lovely seed heads. I confess I've cut everything back, the urge to tidy is overwhelming!

    1. Thanks - but your seed head photo was better. From the house windows I can't see that border, so its untidiness isn't getting to me yet.


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