Monday, August 27

Eyes to the front

The front garden bed is still managing to produce colour - yellow provided by the rudbeckias - has now come into the equation and the pastel effect is fading. The pastel colours are still there but are not as dominant.
I've popped some extra plants in from elsewhere in the garden for instance I planted a couple of clumps of yellow crocosmia near to the fencing - you should be able to spot one in the photo above. I had a really thick clump in the back garden and now that I have split it up have more crocosmia than I know what to do with.
 
I planted a few seed sown antirrhinums which I hope will self seed next year. You can probably just about make out a bright pink one in the photo above but these have flowered in a whole range of colours.
I've also planted some achilleas that were brought back from the plot and the geraniums are still producing some flower. Like the penstemon these have been flowering for ages.
Michaelmas Daisy - Monch - is now in full flower and looking beautiful
Other plants that have been cut back or dead-headed such as the campanula and salvias are still managing to produce new flowers. The salvias have just kept on going throughout but the campanula is producing lots of buds to give a second showing after its rest.
There are still some small gaps in the bed where you can see bare soil but this is mainly because some plants such a geraniums have been cut back.
I'm not really sure yet whether to plant in these pockets as if I do there will be times when the plants are swamped. Maybe I should take some seed from verbena bonariensis and plant more in the gaps where they will rise above any lower growth.
 

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  1. It's really looking lovely. I'm planning to move some plants which have got too big for the back garden in to the front. The back will then get a makeover next year.

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    1. We still have parts of the back awaiting makeover Jo. Look forward to seeing yours

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  2. I think it has been a good year for Crocosmia. There are some really stunning examples of it near us - mostly the really deep reddish-orange one. I remember my Dad treating it as a weed because it spread so easily.

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    1. We used to have the orange one when I was a child too and as you say it was weedlike - I think that is the wild form. We just called it montberetia then

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  3. The garden is looking lovely Sue...you have done well to keep so many blooms in full colour with all the terrible weather that could easily have broken them down!!

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    1. Musr admit I'm surprised that the heavy rain hasn't battered everything Tanya although there are lots of supports hidden in there.

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  4. I think the verbena idea sounds great, and can imagine it there.

    Crocosmia is new in our garden this year, a deep orange red color. I doubt it will overwinter, but your yellow one also looks lovely. Maybe next year. They add quite a nice vertical impact to the garden don't they.

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    1. Is that the tall Lucifer, Bren - we have that in the back garden. Hope it survives.

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  5. Your garden looks lovely. At my allotment my flower patch has a big gap in it and I must make sure this doesn't happen again next year.

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    1. Gaps always seem to happen don't they NJGF even if you plan meticulously

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  6. absolutely delightful x

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  7. What a glorious patch of colour, the neighbours must enjoy it too.

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    1. The neighbour whose house you can see on the left is more likely to chop off any head that dares to stray over her fence, Janet.

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  8. It's looking lovely Sue. Definitely take some verbena bonariensis seed - I was looking at mine earlier today and thinking I need to do the same thing.

    Sorry you have a plonker of a non-gardening neighbour :{ Join the club.

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    1. We used to sort of share the front bit, BW and had a bed in the middle. We came home one day to find she had a man in to erect a fence - through the middle of the bed. All the plants were cut in half!! Not just a plonker!

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  9. I'm very behind in blogging and slowly catching up but I think you need some more strappy foliage in the gaps... Something slightly grey and urpright - like a bearded iris perhaps? And maybe something large and feathery to the back, like a small miscsnthus, calmagrostis or stipa?

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    1. The gaps are only quite small Phoebe so no room for anything large and this bed is right by the house window too

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