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Colour Change

The garden has shifted a gear again, we are now entering a more vibrant show. Out go the pretty soft pinks and purples and in come the ‘blousy’ reds, golden yellows and vibrant oranges. The garden takes on a different appearance now, more solid and enveloping.

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Hemerocallis Scarlet Oak a most stunning daylily. With such a deep colour and strong growth this has to be a favourite with me, it must really like it’s position as it always performs well.

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Helenium Moerheim Beauty, I love the dark centres on these. Looking great at the front of the border.

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The beginnings of Cautleya Crug Canary, with the remains of Lysimachia punctata variegata.This has never made much of a plant not like the plain leaved Lysimachia I’m glad to say. Helenium Waltraut just starting to bulk up this year. At the very back you might just see Nasturtium Alaska. Yes I know, you get loads of black fly but I’m willing to put up with that at the back of a border. Plus the leaves are variegated with creamy white.

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Erysimum Orange Bedder, this has already had two haircuts and still flowers, a wonderful plant that sold very well at the Open Garden this year. I have several around the garden, they add a touch of spice….

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Achillea Millefolium, I tried unsuccessfully in the past to grow achillea, however this year for some reason I have managed to get three different colours to thrive and flower. One a terracotta is a bit slower than the others but I’m now putting it down to position. I really need a more open space with a lot more sun. You see I grow for colour mainly and position takes second place. Need to think again. Another job on the to do list…

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Zinnia…. I have posted before about Zinnia and I absolutely love them, just cannot grow them well. I think the solution to this one is the allotment. They would have more space and Mr Malc could bring bunches home. Nice.

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The Dahlia in this area are just starting to make an appearance, I’m waiting for a vibrant orange with dark leaves to open, I’m sure that will look stunning.

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Now this is an experiment. Recently on the TV, on a gardening programme, someone was demonstrating how to make Japanese hanging planters. They are called Cocadarma, now I may have spelt that wrong. Well I managed to make three and they have all grown well. The ones on the telly were covered in moss but being as the programme wasn’t aired until only a few weeks ago, moss wasn’t available so I found a good substitute. ‘Mind your own business’ or ‘Baby’s Tears’ you get my drift, the stuff you can never get rid of. Well it’s covered them well, planted with a nasturtium, an Ipomea,and a hanging basket plant with small blue star flowers who’s name escapes me. I just have to remember to water them though and that is done by plunging them in a bucket of water overnight every few days. They are a taking point and if they decide to flower well I may try again next year….

What ever the week holds weather wise enjoy your garden….I have lots of rethinking to do in mine, lots of lists to make….till next time.

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