Now is the time year that the colour in the garden fades and bleaches with the bright sun. The best time for taking photographs is early morning for just before dusk, but that doesn’t give a true version of how the garden looks for most of the day.
Some plants continue to look attractive even in the strong light but others look almost grey! Silver leaved plants sparkle, I have many different species and varieties and I enjoy the way they make the colours near them sing out.
Allium sphaerocephalon blends with many other plants and usually repeat flowers in the second and third years in my garden, it will even seed itself and flower quite quickly. Here it is with a Phormium I thought had died in the cold winter, it is now looking better than it did last year. I do like the way the allium grows from pale green through to deep purple and makes little exclamation marks of dense colour.
I planted a 1000 of these allium in a stream that winds its way through the other plants in the large island.
Much of the garden is dominated by blue and silver. Both the lavender and the Perovskia are flowering earlier this year, already I can only push through the bee-covered flowers of the lavender to walk along the paths that a month ago were wide enough for two people to walk along together.
Yellow roses on the pergola are flowering again to give the contrast in colour I wanted and that last year didn’t happen, I must keep feeding and dead-heading them so they’ll continue all summer.
The gift of wind-blown seed is a joy (not always of course as all the weeds in the garden are also brought in by the wind). Last year the field to the west of the garden (and the direction the wind blows from in summer) was full of Verbascum Thapsus which looks very much like the Verbascum you will know from gardens called Verbascum olympicum; it has cleverly seeded itself just into the edge of the drive as well as into the slope. When I drove up the drive the other night the headlights picked up their amazing forms looking like some kind of Triffid.
Visitors to the garden who haven’t seen it for a year are amazed at the growth rate of many of the plants – I am myself amazed at just how quickly the garden has filled out. I started digging the first border (Left hand border) in 2007 and the islands were planted in autumn 2009 so it is still a very ‘new’ and I am so happy that it is starting already to feel mature.