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Tuesday View

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Raining heavily this morning and so, after a two-week pause, I’ve the leisure of time to contribute again to Cathy’s ‘Tuesday View’ meme at Words and Herbs.

Unfortunately the Asphodeline lutea more or less came and went during my time away from the garden. When I arrived back there were still some spikes looking good, but I didn’t get my camera out fast enough. Lazy, lazy … and the same lazy gardener is late again cutting the grass.

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Also making an appearance – some rather nice yellow irises and a newly planted Achillea ‘Moonshine’. I’m bound to lose the latter after a couple of years, so must make sure I propagate it next spring to keep it going in the garden. Did you know that it was one of the 5 plants that the late, great Alan Bloom was most proud of introducing? The rose just off centre right is the first to flower properly in the border, ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’.

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Berries of Asphodeline lutea

Now there are only the bright green berries and a few small yellow starry flowers of the asphodel left. I do enjoy their effect in the Long Border, so a bit sad, but there’s always next year.

The roses had a frosting in early May, and lost quite a few buds, so they are really only just coming back into their own. Moss rose, ‘William Lobb’ was the exception. We call this the ‘monster’ rose at Chatillon. I keep cutting it back after flowering, but it persists in sending up long ungainly shoots for next year’s flowers.

Unfortunately it blooms at the same time as a bright orange hemerocallis that I inherited when we moved into the garden. The hemerocallis are definitely scheduled for removal this autumn because another year with the colour clash is going to give me a headache!

I wish I liked hemerocallis more. They do really well here, with the heat and the clay soil, but I have an aversion to their rather heavy flowers. Must work on changing that … Learn to love what loves you!

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Mossy little buds of ‘William Lobb’ – the one known as ‘Old Velvet Moss’. It’s an incredibly healthy rose – just a tad over-vigorous!

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‘William Lobb’ never behaved as badly in a previous garden where I had it planted. A much more dignified tall shrub.

Looking in the opposite direction down the border, I hope you can make out at the very far end against the wall Rose ‘Ghislaine de Feligonde’?

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The peachy blooms of Ghislaine are in the top left corner of the photo.

The rose is not actually in the border itself, but growing against the garden wall. Last year, with all our rain at rose time, it was a washout. Fabulous show this season to make up for it.

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I missed my chance to cut the four hazels in the Long Border back this February and, as a result, the herbaceous plants towards the front of the border are far more shaded out than I would like. Even the philadelphus planted on the bank have been rather over-shadowed by the hazels and we can’t really see their flowers properly.

I’ve coppiced the four hazels in the Long Border once, three years ago, when I first dug and planted the border. Since they are too big this year, I think it might be worth reducing that to every 2 years – or perhaps stagger the coppicing? Cut back 2 hazels one year, another 2 the next?

If you gardened here, with all our fierce heat in the summer, you’d understand my reluctance to do such a regular coppice! (Never mind the fact that all that cutting and dragging is pretty heavy work.)

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I also seem to have lost some rather nice Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ divisions that went into the ground last spring. I’ve no idea what happened – how can large clumps of plants just disappear? Anyway – there we are! That’s gardening life. I’m more philosophical than I used to be!

Enough of the problems – there is one rather pretty feature that appeals to me this week. The curling flower stems (still in bud) of Veronicastrum virginicum are looking quite charming with the grass Calamagrostis ‘America’.

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Hopefully you can make out the tempting pleated spikes of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ foliage rising up behind and amongst Artemesia ‘Lambrook Silver’? I’m quite enjoying the spikiness of the border.

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Go over and have a look at everyone’s Tuesday views at Cathy’s Words and Herbs. And many thanks to Cathy for graciously hosting this lovely meme that gives us a reason to record one area of our garden every Tuesday – and exchange (virtually) plant ideas and tips!

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.

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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!

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