The high temperatures this week have made watering the garden a twice daily challenge and this has highlighted a problem. Do I want to continue to garden in this high maintenance way? If I want colour, scent and variety in my borders then yes, I do. On the other hand, we don’t want to become slaves to the garden, particularly if and when grandchildren come along and we we want to spend more time away from home.
I have been very impressed with the drumstick Allium sphaerocephalum bulbs in the pots which are now fully open and attracting lots of bees. I must remember to buy more in September. I like the fact that they are much later to flower than Purple Sensation and Cristophii and so keep the theme going for longer.
I am not a fan of Hollyhocks and so didn’t plant this one. However, I do admire plants that seed themselves and then go on to survive and prosper. This one came in from next door and has done itself proud. So far no rust. It gives height and stature to the border and a leg up to the Verbena bonariensis growing through it.
The Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’ grown from seed has done well planted on top of the dwarf narcissus in the stone pot by the front door. I like the anise or liquorice smell of Agastache although I have since discovered that a lot of people don’t. I grew a lot of plants this year and couldn’t even give them away!
This is the first sign of a new plant to my garden. Rudbeckia laciniata which I grew from seed last year and thought I had lost over the winter. However, it seems to be hardier than it’s delicate appearance would suggest.
This Echium ‘Blue Bedder’ grown from a free packet of seeds has once again proved itself to be invaluable as a rich source of nectar for hungry bees. Reliable, drought tolerant, low growing and attractive front of border cousin of the usually enormous spires the name Echium conjures up.
Finally, this is for one of my followers who has dovecotes in his garden. My advice is don’t get the doves ‘cos this is what happens!