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AN OPEN GARDENS PREVIEW

It's going to be a quick one this week.  I've been busy primping and preening ready for the village open gardens on Sunday and I've not left myself much time to write this post.  After weeks of trying to squeeze extra things into my allotted six, I'm now going to have to be brief.  Ironic, no? Numbers one to four are the Long Border.  I've written about it before, and how I based it on Gertrude Jekyll's design for her garden at Munstead Wood.  She trained as an artist before she turned to gardening and was au fait with the latest colour theories.  She designed these borders to start with white and blue.......... Snapdragon, Delphiniums, Rue and Aruncus moving from pale to deeper yellow... Coreopsis, Achillea and Monarda Then it's on to the reds and oranges... Lychnis, Nasturtiums, Lilies before returning to yellow and then blue. Agapanthus, Clematis, Anthemis My number five spot goes to these tomatoes.  I may have found the answer to our Six on Saturday comp

SEDUMS AND BEES


There's been some very welcome rain at the start of this week, and a lovely sunny evening and lunchtime or two.  Looking back over my posts from last September I see we were still enjoying some properly hot days, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Summer isn't on the way out yet.

1. Sedums


The Sedum flowers have begun to open and like magic, the bees have congregated to collect their fill.  Although the Sedums will later darken to a rich burgundy, at the moment they are a delightful soft pink.




Despite being smothered in bees I appear to lack the patience to capture a good photograph of them.  


I like the combination with the Persicaria and Rosa Burgundy Ice.  The geraniums and astrantia have been cut back leaving the borders a bit bare, so the Sedums give some much needed substance.


They are also keeping company with these fuchsia.  The sedums were all propagated from the one that was in the garden when we moved here, so I don't know the name of the variety (although I do know they are no longer called Sedums).


2. Hydrangea 'Annabelle'

This Hydrangea is planted in the woodland garden under the trees, where I hoped they would do well.  Unfortunately it is really far too dry for them, so they haven't grown very much.



Alas and and alack; not everything goes according to plan!  Of the large quantities of autumn flowering cyclamen I planted, not one has appeared.  I hope they are just biding their time.

3. Apples

There is a little apple tree which was in the garden when we arrived.  The apples don't keep, but the pink tinged flesh is very tasty.




4.  Rudbeckia laciniata 'Herbstsonne'

Last week the Nostalgic Gardener reminded me that I hadn't featured this Rudbeckia, although it's been appearing in the background of other photographs for weeks, so in terms of longevity in flower it's a good one.  It also likes heavy clay!  


It's the tallest perennial in the border and while it doesn't normally flop, the heavy rain at the start of this week has meant it now leans backwards a bit.






5. Peppers - Beauty Bell

The peppers have done really well and have more fruit per plant than last year.  The seed was from Kings Seeds, and while a few of the early fruit rotted (weather and slug damage I suspect), they have now realised what they are supposed to do and have ripened properly.

As a bonus there is one with a comedy nose/tongue.

6. Aster divaricatus


I'm not sure why this plant has taken to lolling on the ground.  The one I have in a pot is standing upright, but these seem to find that just too tiring,  It will be plant supports all round next year, mark my words.



Last week I made the mistake of saying that the garden was looking nice and tidy.  Of course, it then rained at the start of this week and the weeds seemed to pop up overnight.  That will keep me busy this weekend.  When I'm not weeding I will be reading the Propagator, who hosts Six on Saturday, and find out what is happening in other gardens in the UK and further away.

Comments

  1. These apples look tasty! Here there are 60% less than past year because of the late cold snap of spring. We will take advantage of them a little bit but at Christmas I will have nothing...

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  2. Lovely colours in both floral and fruit form. I think all of the sedums (or whatever they are called these days) in my garden have been propagated from one plant.

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    1. They are super easy to make more of. I thought maybe I had too many, but now they are doing their thing, I could happily have some more.

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  3. I think from your description that the apples are probably Discovery, they are my very favourite but the are so rarely available in shops because of their short shelf life.
    Jane

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  4. Thanks for featuring this lovely rudbeckia, it looks great in that planting combo as I've mentioned before. I like the periscaria and sedum combo too. Those apples do indeed look tasty, though as Fred says it's been a bad harvest in Europe this year, I thought I had no apples at all, but the other day I saw a couple hiding in the hedge next to the tree, so all is not lost!

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    1. I've just spotted that rudbeckia in one of the show gardens at Chelsea towering over the presenters.

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  5. The Persicaria and Sedum(!) combination is absolutely perfect - the colours complement but the contrasting flower shapes add a bit of interest.

    I love the nose on the Pepper. Having said that, I'm quite easily amused!

    With the Cyclamen, it might be worth getting hold of some seed and spreading it around. It takes about 2-3 years for them to flower, but I find seed raised plants (with bulbs/corms in particular) much better in the long run.

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  6. Hoping that my peppers will put on some body and some fruit in due course. They are just seedlings really, but I suppose it's early yet. The Rudbeckias are very cheerful :)

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