The Tuesday View: 23rd August 2016

A very quick post today, as I am off on holiday to the UK tomorrow, while my Man of Many Talents looks after the garden. If I don’t manage to get a view posted next week (somewhere in England!) you are still welcome to link in to this week’s post again if you would like to show us your own view.

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Thanks to all those who have been joining me in showing the same view of their gardens week by week.

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That rose is at it again!😉

Hope to catch up with you all in a couple of days, with your vases and views and all.

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Have a great week!

In a Vase on Monday: Shimmering

If you are in the UK, did you see Kate’s garden on Gardeners’ World last Friday? Wonderful! Do take a look if you missed it: the link is on her blog page here. I was able to watch it in Germany, so it may work worldwide.

 I also loved all the Fennel in Monty Don’s ‘dry’ garden (he is the host of the show), and his vase too… And his words are so true, that the purpose of creating a vase is “a celebration of what YOU like to grow in YOUR garden” and  not to win any prizes. Like Monty, I have also become much more at ease cutting things from my garden in the last couple of years since regularly joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme.

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I actually picked these flowers a few days ago, as friends from Japan are paying me a flying visit today and time is short! The Golden Rod has been opening over the last week or so and was my starting point. I wanted something soft and airy to go with it, and was drawn to the unidentified grass (Miscanthus I think) now blooming in the rockery. For more airiness and light I added another grass and a few Scabiosa and Succisella flowers.

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 Two Cosmos Xanthos were then added.

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Then I noticed the shimmery effect of some Sedum buds just showing colour, and finally I cut one Sunflower ‘Valentine’.

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I think if I was a bee I would be in heaven in here!😉

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It’s Monday, so go and cut some flowers and join us all in producing a vase for Cathy’s meme, and then visit her at Rambling in the Garden to leave your link and to see what treasures she has chosen for her vase today!

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Have a great week!

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The Tuesday View: 16th August 2016

Yesterday was a bank holiday here, so I almost forgot that today was Tuesday… the day I post my view to watch the changes through the year.

I am glad I forgot until late though, as these photos taken early evening – around 7pm – are a useful record for me of how far the evening sun comes round at certain times of year. Forgive the glare, but I was looking westwards!

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There is little change since last week, although late summer is beginning to show with the grass on the left in full flower now. The red rose in the centre at the top of the rockery is happier with cooler nights and less rain and is starting to flower properly again.

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And my Gaura has finally really got going. It wasn’t keen on the damp weather we had earlier this summer. I love the way it sways in the breeze above the Persicaria.

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Another Geranium has started flowering again too. I think this one is Rozanne…

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If you would like to join me in posting a picture of a view from your garden every week, just leave a link in the comments so we can find you.🙂

In a Vase on Monday: Put your Sunglasses on!

Colour is the thing right now, and my vase for Cathy’s meme (Rambling in the Garden) reflects this today. So before you scroll down, be warned… you may need sunglasses for this one!

The sunflowers are Earthwalker and the lemony Valentine, both of which are favourites and have done well in large pots. The other additions are Cosmos Brightness Mixed (orange) and Polidor (golden yellow), Tithonia, a white Cleome, and a couple of Zinnias.

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The jug came down from the shelf for its annual airing!

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Here are a few more pics. Click on any to enlarge.

 Have a great week, and do visit Cathy to see her vase and all the others that have joined in today.

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Thursday’s Feature: Ricinus communis

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This tropical plant fascinates me, and after some success a few years ago growing it from seed, I decided to try again this year.

From a packet of nine seeds, eight germinated, one seedling then died, two were planted up in large pots,two are growing in the rockery, and three (also planted in the rockery) were eaten by snails.

The foliage is a beautiful reddish brown when young…

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As they mature the leaves turn greener, but still with a predominantly red tinge…

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The most fascinating part of it however is the flower and then the seeds…

The flowers are tiny and the seedheads are about the size of a raspberry. But they are not edible. In fact they are very toxic. This plant is also called Castor Bean Plant,  as castor oil is extracted from the seed.

The tree actually originates from North Africa, the Mediterranean region and the Middle East, although it is now found in all tropical regions and here it is grown as a summer annual.

In my garden it gets to about 1.5 metres at most, and stands so tall and straight even if in a windy position – quite wonderful. Which is where it gets its German name from I suppose: Wunderbaum (‘Miracle Tree’)!

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You can see I have taken precautions against snails, which despite its toxicity are rather fond of this plant. The copper tape around the pot and stem works to some extent, but doesn’t deter them completely. It is supposed to give the creatures a little electric shock as they touch it, but I think my snails are too big to notice it! Some of the lower leaves had to be removed as they were in shreds!

A few more pictures of this weird and wonderful tropical wonder…

Have you ever grown Ricinus? Or any other tropical delight? I am joining Kimberley again today at Cosmos and Cleome, as she asks us to feature something from our gardens each Thursday. Do visit her to see her feature this week, as well as others linking in with interesting plants from near and far!

The Tuesday View: 9th August 2016

My view for this week was actually photographed on Monday afternoon… I noticed how mid-afternoon part of the south-facing rockery is now in the shade of our tall fir trees. Yes, the sun is getting lower in the sky already!

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The fern (bottom left) is yellowing slightly, but the rest of the rockery is still fairly green. Much of the Centranthus has been cut right down, and the lavender too. This means some of the ground cover plants (Heuchera and creeping Sedums) should now have time to regenerate and the Geraniums have more light and space too. Some of the oriental poppies are sending up fresh foliage, which fills in the gaps nicely. And of course the Perovskia can take all the limelight again, this week with the bright red Persicaria “Blackfield” peeping through it, as well as the Scabiosa. Above and beyond it is the yellow Potentilla fruticosa (possibly “Goldfinger”) which is flowering wonderfully again this year- it has been given a hard pruning the last few autumns, which seems to suit it.

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Here is the view from a bit higher up again…

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On the far bottom left you can see a small Miscanthus already flowering – not sure what sort it is though. In case you can see it, at the top right is a vase of Japanese anemones on the table on the patio.

It would be lovely to see your view again this week, to observe any changes as summer starts to ebb towards its grand finale! Just leave a link in the comments so we can all find you and enjoy your gardens too.

Have a good week!

In a Vase on Monday: What I Call Summer

The weather has taken a turn for the better the past few days – not too hot and no longer humid. Now this is what I call summer! Temperatures are in the mid 20s, and there is a light breeze… ahhh.

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My golden vases are filled with Cosmos Brightness Mixed (orange), Cosmos Xanthos (which is not as yellow as advertised, but a lovely creamy colour), Cosmos Purity (white), Achillea, Fennel, Tithonia, Golden Euonymus foliage, Scabiosa ochroleuca and a Sedum bud.

The tubular vases contain Sunflower Valentine, Tithonia and Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit (a new one in a pot again this year as they never survive the slugs in spring in the ground)…

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Have you noticed someone has been nibbling the petals…

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Whoever it was thankfully left the Cosmos Xanthos intact. I really like this new Cosmos flower which I have grown from seed for the first time…

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Finally a look at my sunflowers from the local “Blumenfeld” where you can pick Sunflowers, Gladioli and later Dahlias too, just for a few cents.

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And the remains of last week’s vase are still looking very pleasing too…

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Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this lovely meme. Do visit her, or even better join us all as we share flowers from our gardens across the globe each week!

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