Tuesday View

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The hornbeams frame ‘Ghislaine de Feligonde’ as you turn the corner onto the Long Border

Firstly, may I apologise to all of those whose vases from yesterday I still haven’t visited. Suffice it to say that I am struggling to carry on blogging at the moment. I look forward to visiting, commenting and enjoying over the next few days.

Here is the border at the moment. My first picture (above) is at the far end of the border (against the garden wall). You can see a plan of my garden here if you are already lost.

We move around from deep shade and lovely Rose ‘Ghislaine de Feligonde’ is there. Here she is.

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And then you look left, and you have your view towards the Long Border.

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It is even wilder and woollier than last week.

Looking in the opposite direction, towards ‘Ghislaine de Feligonde’ again.


Some nice things are beginning to happen. I have quite a few plants of Salvia sylvestris, grown from seed, now coming into flower.

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And a lot of tangles, although I have managed to rescue my little (soon, hopefully, to be big) Onopordon acanthium from the clutches of the weigela on the bank.


The orange of the hemerocallis is even more appalling than last year with moss rose ‘William Lobb’. Unfortunately you can get used to it, but I musn’t.

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You can’t fault ‘William Lobb’, however, as a rose (if you like big plants).


Next year I will learn how to control the corncockles. But when you grew something pretty from seed, it’s called Agrostemma githago ( treasured British native) and you love it, it’s hard to dig your heels in. Especially when it’s growing up through Rosa rubrifolia (I can’t remember what I’m supposed to call it now!).

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The Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum is finally in full flower. I’ve been using the grey foliage and tight flowerbuds in vases for a while now.

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As are the elegant, curvy spires of Veronicastrum virgicum.


So that’s it. Many thanks to Cathy for hosting this lovely Tuesday meme at ‘Words and Herbs’, in which we record weekly what a part of our garden looks. Do think of taking part – I’m finding it’s really helping me to think about what I like (and don’t like).

I sincerely hope I have more time next week. Looking foward to visiting you soon!

13 thoughts on “Tuesday View

  1. Cathy

    It is glorious Cathy! Love the golden Thalictrum, and might try growing one. The day lilies among the rose are so pretty. Personally I think pink and yellow/orange look great together. My first orange day lily opened this morning too 🙂 Now I must look up Onopordon… Have a good weekend!

      1. Cathy Post author

        A perfect example of me getting my names wrong, Cathy. I looked at our exchange this morning, knew I didn’t have a Scotch thistle, and tried to rack my old memory! It’s a Cardoon – not an onopordum at all. So the rather ornamental version of an artichoke, which is much taller than the veg garden plant.

    1. Cathy Post author

      I am beginning to enjoy pink and orange as well, although at first I felt rather embarrassed about my growing affection! The thalictrum is very pretty, because the foliage is very glaucous, but it does get tall. Unfortunately have just noticed that the other, ‘Elin’, has lost all its leaves. I’m hoping it will come back, but was too crowded where I put it. You have a good weekend!

  2. Cathy

    The long border is looking good – and I like the day lily ane rose combination!. And Ghislaine de F is beautiful – how long does she flower for?

    1. Cathy Post author

      Good to know that I’m not the only one to enjoy that slightly shocking combination! Ghislaine is just going over now (a once-flowering rose), but she’s been flowering for about 6 weeks. I’ll trim her back, and occasionally she’s come back again a little in the autumn.

  3. smallsunnygarden

    It’s all so classic summer… the borders, the roses… G de F is glorious, and so is William Lobb. My first try with antique roses here was not very successful, but this will encourage me to have another go!

    1. Cathy Post author

      Unfortunately we haven’t really got (like you, Amy!) the classic summer weather that goes with that kind of border! I enjoy the old roses when they are flowering, but when I plant others now, am starting to go for the Bourbons, which repeat a little.


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