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Phlox and Fireweed

The fence between my garden and the neighbours got blown down over the winter and being a fairly busy person I have only just got it together to replace it. It’s been nice though, we have great rapport with Dave and Ruby the next door neighbours who are both in there 80’s. Ruby has a great eye for for plant combinations although the one pictured I am sure was unintentional. I like mixing native and non natives together; I have the white version of the Fireweed in the front garden and after one year it travelled 150cm under other plants and into the lawn, it looks great but will be removed!!

This pic is from my side of the fence about 4 metres away, I have tried to create a naturalistic scene in this corner of the garden. The native element is the scabious, it will seed every where but flowers all summer in borders. The Osteospermum have stopped flowering for a bit; these and the Agapanthus which is white add a bit more back bone to the whole thing. I like the Cream drop daylily contrasting with the scabious and the orange one with the persicaria.

This the view from the other end of the garden a few days later with the fence replaced. I have sown an annual meadow mix- ‘Golden girl’ from pictorial meadows featured at the Olympics last year. The posts where old marquee posts salvaged from a skip and cut various lengths, painted black to give contrast and structure.

The grass in the scene is Calamagrostis brachytricha or feather Reed grass; it’s a mutated version of a Udolf planting at RHS Wisley.

White Fire weed taking over my front garden….