Evening Light and a Surprise

At this time of year we get the sun going down directly opposite the rockery. I love the softer light on the Perovskia…

EveningLight3

… and on the Miscanthus and Potentilla…

Potentilla

…and particularly on the Ostrich Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) – bottom left – which surprised us nicely this year…

EveningLight1

The ferns are in the full sun for most of the day beween May and September, but also in the only spot in the garden that gets watered by rainwater from the roof (of which there has been very little!), which is directed down through a pipe under the rockery. After the heat of July and August they were badly singed, and brown and had flopped completely.

So I cut them right down. 😦

The spot looked ugly for a while… this photo shows a few remaining leaves and the bare patch on August 10th…

Fern after Cut

…but then new shoots began appearing and after just three weeks they are about 2 or 3 feet high! This was the first time I had to cut them back so early, so I had no idea they regenerate so effectively in the summer.

Fern

Have you had any nice gardening surprises recently?

(By the way, the fronds of this fern can be eaten as a cooked vegetable – a delicacy in salads too, but only in small doses if uncooked!)