I had thought in the end of May View, that the slope wouldn’t change very much so I would have to choose another area of the garden; I was wrong, Wild Verbascums blown into the garden from the surrounding fields have changed the way it looks altogether.
Another aspect I hadn’t taken into account was that plants I don’t count as being on the slope really, above the line of the Holm Oak bushes, have grown to such an extent that they have become the background to the slope – this is especially true of the large orange Knifophia, truly Red Hot Pokers!
In the foreground of the above image you can just see a Salvia Turkestanica which seeded from the huge one I had 2 years ago (I’m relieved this one is not so large as they are so awful to remove because of the ghastly smell –I noticed before it doesn’t start to smell until it has flowers, weird!
Other things I’d quickly like to share with you: the blue of the Perovskia!
If you would like to read more about what’s happening in other gardens all over the world visit Helen at The Patient Gardener. Once again a big thank you to Helen for hosting this meme for us.
From next month I’m thinking of writing about the progress of individual beds. Listing all the plants they contain and highlighting changes I’ve made and why (if there is a reason). If I do this I’ll begin with the Small Island, just because I’m so pleased with the way it looks this year
This morning I harvested all the garlic and the white onions that had bent over (on their own, I don’t believe you should bend them forcefully)
You may have noticed fennel growing by the edge of the drive, I harvest the flowers, dry them put them into jars and use this intensely flavoured condiment when cooking roast potatoes, sausage risotto or Porcini (ceps).
As I walking past the lavender I saw this strange looking bug, I don’t know what it is or if it does any damage, it was alone so I doubt it will do much damage anyway.