Tuesday View

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Unfortunately the gardener still hasn’t been to cut the grass (she seems to think that planting sweet peas, perennials and thinning spinach is more important), so the border is still looking a bit scruffy round the ears this week.

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Rosa ‘Canary Bird’ is going over now. Behind the rose is one of the few cool areas in my garden, where there are some hostas lurking in the shade of the hazels that were here when I started to garden (lovely with snowdrops, great for plant supports!).

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They were just fine until we had our recent heavy frosts – even the hostas and early buds on some of the roses were damaged. Pleased to report that now all are in the recovery position.

[A postscript 1 hour later! Just been for a walk around the garden – another heavy frost! I am not so worried about the hostas … there are other things, such as young shrubs, already badly hit, and potatoes. There was I congratulating myself that I was so up-to-date this year! One lives and learns.]

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A little frost damage – but recovering now. That is, until the snails come along!

Asphodeline lutea has it’s finest hour now.

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I love the spikey foliage and the emerging flowers, but later in the season the foliage goes brown in the heat.

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The foliage of the asphodeline has a very chic, swirly way with it, don’t you think?

Then, it rather joyfully produces some more of those fresh, spikey leaves with the autumn rains. I’m thinking it might be nice to introduce some blue camassias as well.


Thalictrum flavum subsp glaucum is a big plant, but also starts to look terrific right about now and produces a little cloud of yellow flowers a bit later.

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I’m fond of it because it copes so well with the heat and the clay up here, unlike the majority of choicer thalictrums. I can also cut it back when it is looking messy/tired and I get a little carpet of bluey-grey foliage regrowing.

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Thalictrum flavum subsp. glaucum with just emerging weigela blossom

This year I’m trying one called ‘Elin’, which is a cross between this tough species and the more elite (and difficult to please) T. rochebrunianum. ‘Elin’ takes purple flowers and darker coloured stems from the classy parent. I’ll tell you how I get on – it’s looking a bit miffed at the moment!

You’ll have seen by now that I’m a big fan of giant plants and Angelica archangelica is something I tried repeatedly to grow from seed unsuccessfully. I’ve managed Angelica officinalis easily!

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It looks more or less the same – especially in flower, the most important thing – and I really can’t see much of a difference, except that it is not as big. It has started sowing itself over the border, thank goodness, so I don’t have to worry about germinating it again.

It gives kind of a lush jungly look at this time of year, especially when the flowers of the philadelphus and deutzia come on. These plants won’t flower until next year now. Or will they surprise me?

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I’m going to have to take two weeks off my ‘Tuesday View’ because I’m going away. I hope the border doesn’t rush on too fast for me!

With many thanks to Cathy at ‘Words & Herbs’ for hosting this meme! Do take a look at how everyone else’s border is developing this week. It’s the most exciting time of year!

But, before going, I couldn’t resist adding a couple of pics of my Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’, now a little past it’s best. This is a romper!

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Only planted in 2013, it makes our house look rather like a stately home.

It most definitely is NOT! We live in the old Renaissance watchkeeper’s house in the village, and the tower that you can see here has been incorporated into our house, but was originally part of the medieval village ramparts.

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Have a good week in your gardens!



10 thoughts on “Tuesday View

  1. Cathy

    Wow, that rose! There is so much to love in your view Cathy! That Asphodeline is very attractive and I can imagine it with Camassias too… my Camassias are just about to open and I will have to oost about them soon. I have never seen the Thalictrum with yellow flowers, but do grow Elin… you are going to love that when it flowers! Mine gets to about 2 metres or even taller. I also tried growing Angelica from seed many years ago and resorted to buying a plant which just disappeared… maybe the snails? I love the way those leaves stand out next to the Weigela.
    Oh, and your lawn doesn’t look messy at all, in fact thise straight edges are enviable!
    Hope you have a great break, and I shall look forward to the update when you return!

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks Cathy – there was I thinking we were just about the same timing in the seasons! My camassias (elsewhere) have just past it now (so perhaps wouldn’t be flowering with the Asphodels anyway!!) I am really looking forward to Elin – I only read about it and then ordered it immediately. The mail order plants I get here are small, so I watch it carefully, hoping it survives. Would be nice to see a picture of yours later on when it flowers? Am looking forward to my 10 days away – and to coming back to the garden!

  2. Christina

    The late frosts have been terrible haven’t they? My newer mulberry near the gate has lots almost all its leaves and looks terrible. The older one shows no signs of damage at all. Your banksia is amazing just the right choice for that beautiful old wall.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks Christina – yes, a bit disturbing those frosts. I hope your mulberry is ok – interesting that it was the young one that was disfigured – that seems to be the experience here, too. I guess your mulberry is quite biggish? The rose is nice against the wall. I look forward to it tremendously every year. And it’s always interesting that the buds nestled directly against the stone are the ones to open first.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Unfortunately not. I haven’t been to Chelsea for many years … not since I left Britain in 2004. At first I didn’t miss it because I had been going since the 1980s and it had become a bit too ‘samey’ (in spite of what the hort journalists who cover it say!). Now I watch it avidly on the tv!

  3. Cathy

    Sorry to read the frost has been making an unwelcome visit 😐 – hope that’s it for this year. Your banksia rose is amazing and it was good to see all your other giants too. Enjoy your break, whrever it is


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