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?

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Order of the Thistle

Every bit as statuesque as a cardoon, Onopordum acanthium, the Scots thistle is surging ahead in the June sunshine.

Their tight artichoke like buds are poised for a final ascent before flushing to a deep purple, towering at six or seven feet.

I suspect they'll be covered in butterflies when blooming, isn't purple the most visible colour on the insect scale?