Monday, 6 July 2009

Plants in Pots part 2



Pelargoniums. I can never make up my mind about the oft' called geranium. I quite like these though, not so in your face as some of them can be. I might 'overwinter' these and take some cuttings for insurance.



As near to blue as I've seen Verbena. This sits at the edge of the wall by the tobacco drying barn. The daisies behind are 'Mexican Fleabane' , Erigeron karvinskianus, I'm hoping they'll seed themselves about in the stone walls for next summer.




Australian Fan flower, Scaevola aemula. For fear of stating the obvious, I'll not mention that I'm very into blue flowers this year, OK.





Rose William Shakespeare, a David Austin rose.

Finally, below, Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra' or Japanese Blood Grass. This looks really good in a pot and probably deserves better positioning than sitting on my terrace with a possibly overmixed assortment of plants in pots. I think I'm going to take some time out and arrange all of them together a bit more creatively, complimentary groupings if you like rather than the current state of ad hoc kleptomania.


25 comments:

  1. Lovely! Never thought about putting blood grass into the pot!Looking good! My favorite picture is number 3; although can't say what I like more - the flowers or the planter!

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  2. Hi Rob, Oh I love the god of the wind, but have to admit that sometimes I would just stare at the old header shot. The nearly black and white image with the barely colored terra cotta pot was mesmerizing. Your pots of pelargonums are lovely, that is a flower I am normally not drawn to either, but there is something about those. The blood grass is a handsome brute. It does very well here in a trough, old wheelbarrow and window box, wintering over from year to year.
    Frances

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  3. I like the new header Rob - just perfect for this time of year :) Oh what lovely potsfuls especially the Japanese blood grass. It always seems to take a while to get going but more than makes up for it when it does. I would be a wealthy woman if I had a penny for all the erigeron karvinskianus seedlings that have appeared here after planting one plant in a pot a few years ago:) Himself has declared it a weed and is carrying out a cull :(

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  4. Beautiful pots. I love unusual pots. The pots of pelargonums are gorgous. Love the color.

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  5. You're right that some pelargoniums can be a bit much. However, I like those with simple, single flowers and the red with the variegated foliage is just right with your rustic pots.

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  6. Great pots, Rob, summer at its finest ... love your new header!

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  7. Love the new header and title! The photos of the pots are lovely - I particularly like the blood grass, I don't think I've seen that before.

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  8. I love all the photos, they look so.."french" so appealing. The flowers must love the heat, these are some of the best specimens I have ever seen.

    Love the new header.

    Jen

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  9. More of your pots, Rob...I loved your last post on pots! I love pelargoniums with variegated leaves in a basic clay pot...perfect. Simple, yet elegant. I love the way you line them up on your wall...how rustic it looks. I have a thing for blue flowers myself, esp. this year (seems so many of them are just downright hardy...if not eye-appealing). ie: hardy geranium Roxanne, varieties of: salvia, lavender, catmint, agastache, etc!
    Take photos if you re-arrange your pots;-)

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  10. I came back to check if I'd mis-spelled 'Rosanne's' name...calling it 'Roxanne'-and yes, I did. hmm. I just couldn't stop thinking that I'd written an 'x' when I meant an 's'. Now it's fixed;-)

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  11. I love your new header picture! I think the pots are as pretty as the plants.
    I love seeing the checkered tablecloth in the background of the rose. For some reason it just caught my eye and seemed like a beautiful place to sit with something good to eat and drink and take in all the pretty views.

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  12. Like the new design and what great pictures. I envy you the Pelargoniums. might have not done well this year.

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  13. What a perfect post on pots! I love the Pelargoniums delicate flowers in those aged terra cotta against your background wall and sitting upon the old stone ... all the textures and colors are stunning! The Verbena is lovely with the white crushed stone and the lush green hill in the background. Your fan flower is so stately in your gorgeous urn! I have never seen one so elegantly presented and it was so clever to have your Shakespeare compliment your table cloth! Wow! What a magical setting!

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  14. Absolutely inspirational. Just perfect.

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  15. The pots and the plants are beautiful. Very charming.

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  16. I'm not a fan of pelargoniums, but when I see them like this...!

    Loved that grass (of course..)

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  17. I love blue in the garden as well. People think that white is a neutral color in the garden, but the opposite is true. Blue, on the other hand, is beautiful on its own and a great unifier.

    Also love the red blooms in front of the gold wall. Stunning.

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  18. Rob I love all your pots but especially the Japanese blood grass never heard of that before.

    Photos great too.

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  19. Lovely pics. My new Wm Shakespeare 2000 is blooming nicely now. I just came home from the nursery with more blue stuff today - blue star junipers, more walker's low nepeta (I think it's really a better plant than 6 hills giant - started blooming several weeks earlier and continues looking good while 6 hills is already petering out), some light blue-violet delphiniums, and hidcote lavender. And I think I need some of those blue alliums. Come visit my blog and see my blue siberian iris post - the colors are fabulous.

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  20. Yea for the blue and it looks so soft and adds a touch of cool weather feeling don't you think? I hope your plants reseed like crazy;) and that you can over winter the pelergonium. I call them geraniums cause I can't tell the difference.

    A little Inn not far from my house has those geraniums in all their window boxes--looks so grand just like yours do all lined up.

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  21. what a cool idea of having the plant seed itself into the stone wall... I hope it works.

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  22. I so love your posts. I too have a love for some of the geranium that you have shown, one of my favorites is a tri coloured one, the name escapes me. This year I combined the white/green variation 'wilhelm langguth' with a light pink variety (of course, the one year I didn't keep the tags). The combination is sublime. I look forward to one day visiting your git. You have opened the door to an intense interest in visiting that part of France. Keep up the great work on your blog, I look forward to every new post!

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  23. Beautiful AND interesting, as always. The best display I've seen of Mexican Fleabane was climbing to the top of the village Saint Jean Pied-de-Port along the narrow paths with tall stone walls either side. A living wall before there was a fad of such things. It was stunning, (like your glorious photographs). Argh, summer daze!

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  24. ps tried to leave a comment on "dailypic" but couldn't so here it is
    "Oh clever you, and such energy, both to start a new blog and to climb to the top of the hill. You must get up in the middle of the night to get those chores done!" Baited breath etc!!

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  25. I love the old forms of Pele and in AU we used to have so many forms..time for a comeback methinks! My blood grass has reverted to the species and i rather like that!

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