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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….


Plants in Memorium

It’s a real privilege to be able to give people the opportunity to plant a tree in remembrance for some one. This image shows three generations of the same family planting an Acer palmatum ‘Ozakazuki’ in memory of an academic member of staff. The little girls Grandad in fact. We have lots of trees and benches placed in memory of people at the university. They are well loved and people become very attached to them; they therefore need careful placing. It seems a very healing thing to do; I have done it myself for friend who lost her battle with her illness; I planted a Celtis occidentalis; colloquially known as a Hackberry; not the most beautiful tree but one with great environmental benefit, full of character and unfortunately not like my friend – long lived. Planting a tree is an expression of new life, longevity, beauty. The changes of life reflected in the cycle of the seasons, birds other creatures using the trees as habitat and probably most of all a place to visit, reflect and remember.