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Rudbeckia Goldsturm 001 Wm


Rudbeckia fulgida var ‘Goldsturm’


There was a plant fair at RHS Rosemoor this weekend. For many of the local nurseries it’s one of the last shows of the season. Which means prices are keen. And what better opportunity to find September’s ‘flower of the month’? The bank planting still needs a lift. A real showstopper is required.. the Rudbeckia does it in spades and should carry on blooming well into autumn.



Miscanthus sinensis ‘Ferner Osten’

And a touch of the prairies maybe? I love grasses, especially the tall ones. Grasses that waft gently in the breeze. Today there is plenty of breeze. Plenty of wafting. The photographer is a happy bunny, not.


Stipa arundinacea 001 Wm


Stipa arundinacea

More wafting. The blades take on shades of pink and golden-orange as the weather gets cooler. It’s commonly called the Pheasant’s tail grass.. Oh dear.


And then, just as we got back to the car, I realised I’d left one behind.

Which meant queuing to get in all over again. Mike drove the car to the set down area by the door, studiously avoiding eye contact with anyone who looked like they might move him on.


Persicaria 'Black Field' 001 Wm


Persicaria ‘Black Field’


“You went all the way back for.. THAT???”

“But it’s lovely, just look at the colour of those flowers.”

“It looks like a dock!”

I give up.