May the best month in the garden and it is already the 24th! How did that happen? Continue reading
It has been some time since I shared any images of the Crimson zone with you.
This small area is situated behind the Quercus ilex bushes that you can see at the top of the slope and the path that separates it from the large island. Continue reading
I promised a while ago to show you what other things are in the area now known in my head as the Magenta Zone! Pink sounds too girly for such a strong, vibrant colour.
Here is a description I found of a newly purchased Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’ “From Rolf Offenthal at Germany’s Countess Helen Von Stein’s Nursery comes an excellent new geranium hybrid (Geranium sanguineum x Geranium psilostemon). Each plant makes a 10″ tall x 3′ wide mound of cut-leaf green foliage, topped all summer with 1″+ lavender flowers (why are the people who describe plants colour blind? – it’s clearly not lavender colour in any images let alone in life!). Unlike straight Geranium sanguineum clones which it resembles, Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’ is sterile, so more flowers will result along with no unexpected little ones appearing and begging for support.”
I bought two well grown pots which I was able to divide into 9 small plants to spread under the Arbutus tree. I don’t usually irrigate this area so I will have to wait to see how much water it requires.
The Cistus is actually not quite in the Magenta zone but I might extend the planting to reach it or I have some cuttings from it I took last year and I will plant it in the ‘zone’.
Rosa L D Braithwaite is slightly redder than the true magenta colour I have been aiming for but having moved it once I will allow it to stay. I don’t have a good image for it at the moment, I’ll post about it again when I write about all the roses.
Achillea millefolium ‘Cassis’ is a lovely colour this self-seeded last year and so far seems to have come true.
Do you have a colour themed area in your garden? A classic Sissinghurst White Garden?
I’m joining Helen the Patient Gardener for this month’s review of what’s happening in the garden this month.
Here in Italy May is the month when everything flowers! I remember the first time I saw a garden at this time of year I thought it looked fake (like at Chelsea flower show) with plants that would be flowering a month or so apart all flowering together. This is lovely but it does mean that everything is also over very quickly. Many plants go into summer hibernation if there is a drought and usually there is no rain from June until mid-August or even September.
For that reason I’ve been posting every day this month and even doing this there are many plants that haven’t appeared in a post. For June I don’t intend posting everyday but will try for a couple of posts a week.
This month I’d like to share with you a small area I’m developing within the upper drive border. Below is an image from above; the area starts at an Arbutus tree to the left and continues around to just in front of a holly bush.
Last autumn I decided to increase the variety plants with crimson flowers here. In winter I moved Rosa L.D. Braithwaite which was quite small and seems to have moved satisfactorily and has flowered. I purchased some Asters of different heights and forms and added those to the mix; I need an area that focuses on late summer- early autumn blooms. I also moved a Penstemon that my friend Linda from Garden in the West gave me in the form of some cuttings she carefully carried from her garden when she visited 2 years ago. The one that survived has made a good plant and is flowering freely now. I will take some more cuttings so I can increase the clump size.
A very hardy succulent type plant, which can become invasive, was also planted – I just broke off some pieces from those situated in the large island and planted them directly into the ground to form good ground cover. Lychnis coronaria is already scattered through the garden and I moved some of these to this border too, I like their small points of intense colour and the foliage is quite good too, even in winter.
The above bright crimson salvia was a cutting taken from a friend’s plant, I love the colour.
Achillea is also making a show, this will clump up quickly.
My intention is to plant some Barcelona tulips that I saw on Hillwards site, they look just the right colour, I also saw a smaller tulips of a similar colour on Julie’s post about her tulips of again a very similar colour so hopefully the wow factor will last from early spring through summer and into autumn.
To finish here’s some views of the garden that are particularly lovely at the moment and some views of the slope that I have been showing in these end of month views up until now.
Looking accross the slope.
Below is the first humming bird hawk moth I’ve ever managed to photograph, there are usually lots in the garden but they move so fast, I’ve never had n image any where near in focus.