By late October there is nothing more to orchestrate and everything can be left to sprawl and bloom with abandon. The hard-working sedum “Autumn Joy” comes into its own and having neglected to weed out the multitude of self-seeding asters pays big dividends. The chocolate Joe Pye weed or boneset is contributing its white blooms while its foliage sets off the colours of the asters. I love the myriad shades of mauve and blue that are the result of random hybridizations. The earlier bright yellow of the rudbeckia “Goldsturm” is gone, leaving behind the dark punctuation marks of the seed-heads. This part of the border tends to look a bit of a mess in mid-summer, but with so much else to do (especially watering and dead-heading) it is never the top of the list. And then, when chillier and damp weather is setting in, it is transformed, an unexpected gift.
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When bees come to visit the earliest flowers, I know that spring is truly here. … Read More
Even the lowly (because ubiquitous) spirea can surprise you with loveliness on a blustery day in April. My main complaint is that it has too many merits, requires too little of us, which seems churlish just now, when spirea is the first shrub to leaf out most bravely. … Read More
Galanthus, more commonly: snowdrops, are one of the earliest garden pleasures in the year, often breaking through the snow long before February is over. And now in mid-March they are still looking splendidly sturdy. They are a welcome sign that spring is indeed progressing and that renewal can happen. Again. … Read More