Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Diary date June 12th


Things are moving a pace in these, the longest days.  Phlomis russeliana and fruticosa, the Jerusalem sages are putting up lemon whorls.


The Cardoon is towering  amongst the Santolina virens and Lavender grosso.


Rose 'Golden showers' is coming to the end of its first flush.


Bronze fennel, calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster', fricart's aster, and salvia, all racing away.


Everywhere's turning blue and silver.


Lavender 'Hidcote', blue on blue.


Scot's thistle, stachys byzantina and the shrubby perovskia, probably the toughest, most unbustable plant there is which will guarantee a haze of blue during the hottest, driest dog days to come.


Geranium 'Johnsons blue' and Campanula takesimana 'Elisabeth'.


I'm never without rose campion, it turns up everywhere, usually welcome.


Asparagus fern and Globe mallow, forgiving if you forget to water.


Delosperma, echeveria, sedum, sempervivum and jovibarba.


And there's more.


Rosette clusters of 'liveforever', 'hens and chicks', 'stonecrop' - how many names do you need?


23 comments:

  1. The garden is looking fabulous despite the heat. I don't know how many names there are for the hens and chicks but I do know that you can never grow enough of them.

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    1. Thanks Patty. We've not had any real heat this year, though today was a pleasant 29 C. I agree with you about hens and chicks.

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  2. %$&$ing amazing Rob.
    Just a beautiful garden. Sue and I spent sometime nearby in Le Bugue.
    Need to return one day.

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  3. Hi Leon and Sue. Thanks, maybe I'll see you one day? You need another trip.

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  4. Hi Rob,
    I must say that your garden is looking spectacular. So beautifully informal. When you go away, do you ever need someone to take care of the house? ;) Have a good week.

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  5. It's all so beautiful--I love your gardens!
    --Emily

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  6. It's definitely summer in your neck of the woods Rob - all those blues, yellows and silvers are a treat. I like the plantings of succulents too. I'm sure that more names for them abound but memory is not co-operating at the moment :)

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    1. Cheers Anna. It's a start and stop summer so far. I can't believe how many names there are for sempervivums. There's an echeveria in there too.

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  7. Looks lovely! I see your nepeta is going great. Fortunately, my son now has a garden in need of my divisions!

    The cardoon is so impressive!

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    1. Thanks Freda. The catmint as always gets bigger than I anticipated and'll need taming later on. The cardoon is huge this year, there's a second one in that border but it is behind in growth as it's quite shaded by the yucca.

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  8. Wow Rob, everything is looking wonderful, vibrant and lush. It's not been a deliberate not-popping-in, but the difference in the garden since I last read your blog is amazing!

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    1. Thanks Liz. We've had a little too much rain which will explain the vibrancy!

      All in all I'm pleased with the garden. We seem to attract an enormous variety of butterflies, I think it's all the blue.

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  9. The shoe pot is great.. Everything in your garden is looking wonderful, vibrant and lush.

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    1. Thanks Rylahn. We've had a lot of rain this year so everything is growing to double size.

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  10. I LOVED the meandering walk through your beautiful and bountiful gardens. Yes, once you have rose campion you are always blessed by its bright presence. I also love the silver-gray crown of first year growth.

    Everything looks wonderful and well cared for. I doff my gardening hat to you.

    Sharon

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    1. Thanks Sharon. You're right about the campion. Isn't it the truest magenta there is?

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  11. Greetings from a Texas Gardener,
    I just found your garden blog. You have one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. I love the way your group your pots, and your color and texture combinations. I enjoy silver, blue, purple, and yellow together and you have some combinations that some of my favorites. I am currently reading through a book on French Country Gardens and that is how I got interested in your region. I will come visit your blog often. We grow some of the same plants since I have a dry, sunny area in the front of my garden. My other area of interest is Tropical Gardening. Stop by my garden blog if you get the chance! Merci'
    Best Wishes from you new garden friend,
    David/ Tropical Texana
    Houston, Texas

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