The Tuesday View: 10th October 2017

I wish I had taken some photos yesterday in the sunshine… today is damp and gloomy. Nonetheless, there is lots of colour to brighten up my Tuesday View still!

Looking down, we can still see Sedums and the amazing purple spikes of Teucrium. The Acer suffered in our gale last week, but is hanging on to its leaves still!

Looking across, the giant Miscanthus is a backdrop for the dwarf one in front…

And looking up from the bottom of the rockery, the Aster ‘Alma Pötschke’ has stood up well to the wind and, as the Helianthus now fade and collapse, the golden Chrysopsis speciosa ‘Sunnyshine’ is providing some lovely yellow flowers on the left. It is about 150cm tall and this is the first time it has flowered although I planted it in spring last year.

Another nice surprise is this white Clematis re-flowering… I bought it as a creeping Clematis x jouiana ‘Praecox’ some years ago, but am convinced I was sold something different… any ideas anyone?

I will be posting my views less regularly from now on, but do please feel free to continue joining me and leave a link so I can find you!

Happy gardening!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Alma and Co.

Each Monday I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her meme, which encourages us to find suitable materials from our gardens to put in a vase. This week I am cheating a little…

My first vase is actually from early last week. With a severe storm forecast I picked some of the Aster ‘Alma Pötschke’ just as it was beginning to open so that I could enjoy the flowers indoors…

The buds all opened in the warmth of the house and are looking at their best today, five days later. 🙂

Alma is a tall aster, flowering from the end of September/early October and the bees and butterflies love it on a sunny day. I actually cut some of these back in May, hoping to avoid them getting too leggy, but the shorter ones almost caught up with the ones I didn’t trim.

The second vase contains flowers that are not in my garden, but were picked for me by my Man of Many Talents from a field in the countryside. Sunflowers, Phacelia and various other wild flowers are sometimes sown after the main harvest in August, as food for the bees I assume, and to be ploughed back into the soil in late winter as a natural fertiliser. (Being skeptical as I am, I fear EU subsidies are the motivation for farmers to do this!)

The sunflowers grew so quickly in this field, and flowered in record time.

The Phacelia smells wonderful, filling the room with its sweet scent.

Do you see wild flowers in fields near you so late in the season?

Now go and visit Cathy and see what she and others have found to put in a vase this Monday.

In a Vase on Monday: Buttons

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme has become a lovely ritual not only providing pleasure, but influencing what I grow and how I see my garden too. I sowed a few mixed Scabiosa in the spring with summer vases in mind, and the waiting has paid off – I am delighted with them all, even if I now don’t know which ones they are as they got mixed up when planting out into my summer containers!

Scabiosa and Knautia always remind me of buttons, and since my button tin was handy… 😉 The larger flower in the middle is a Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’ – I feared it had succumbed to the slugs, but fortunately this plant was one of the survivors and has just started flowering!

Just to the right of the Cosmos in the photo above is my creamy Scabiosa ochroleuca, which has been in the rockery for several years now.

I particularly love this pink scabious, with Daucus carota ‘Dara’.

The Clematis tangutica is producing these gorgeous fluffy seed heads in great quantities now. Just right of this one is a small red Knautia.

A new addition to the garden this summer is this pretty Sanguisorba ‘Pink Tanna’, planted last autumn.

The Scabiosa sown were: Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Tall Double Red’, ‘QIS Formula Mixture’ and ‘Snowmaiden’, and Scabiosa caucasica ‘House’s Hybrids’. Sowing took place much later than usual in early and mid May, as we had frosts right up until the end of May this spring. So the flowers have been late. However, since I grew these precisely for putting in vases, I had no qualms about cutting them. There are plenty more buds! The plants will be planted out in the garden in September where they might drop a few seeds and, hopefully, will appear again next year.

Thanks to Cathy for conceiving and hosting this wonderful meme – go and visit her today and enjoy beautiful and unique vases from around the globe!

The Nepal Himalaya Park Revisited

In early July I returned to the Himalaya Garden near Regensburg, which I posted about here, but this time with my sister. It was very sunny, but the bright sunshine didn’t detract from the planting at all. As I mentioned in my last post about it, this is not a show garden, but more a plant lover’s playground. And yet some of the combinations were stunning! These Foxtail Lilies for example, with golden green Euphorbia and golden grasses…

The blues, silvers and golds all melded together too: here Eryngium with more grasses…

And here Eryngium, Lavender and Melica ciliata…

I particularly like this part of the garden, set in a former stone quarry on a well-drained south-facing slope…

We both enjoyed the amazing and unusual selection of plants and trees, some of which remain unidentified. Can anyone help us identify this tall flower in the foreground below, with large silvery leaves?

And those green ‘umbrella’ style plants on the right seem familiar too… now what are they!

I know I can count on my wise and curious plant-loving readers for help! 😉

The Tuesday View: 27th June 2017

A brief look at the view today, as it is still rather hot and now very clammy too… yes, we have had RAIN!

At the top of the picture you can see how the Aruncus has been scorched a lovely caramel colour, complementing the Hemerocallis. In the foreground on the right the Clematis tangutica continues to flower and form pretty seed heads too.

The Teucrium hircanicum is flowering beautifully now, and despite coping well with drought it looks better for having a good soak all morning. It loves the well-drained position on the slope and has slowly spread throughout this side of the rockery.

We have been forecast thundery showers for the next few days, so the fresh greens should return.

Are you focusing on one area of your garden this year? Why not share a view of it each Tuesday and join me and the other Tuesday View crowd by leaving a comment below!

Have a great week!