Going Soft







You heard it here first. I miss the azaleas.

This is such a useful exercise, comparing a part of the garden, month on month. It’s made me focus hard on what is working and what is not.

The astilbes which now dominate the scene have been in the terraces all along. Back in April I just split a couple of large clumps into four smaller ones and spread them through the bottom bed. Whether it was that, the Spring rain, or a combination of both, these moisture loving plants have rocketed up. To the detriment of the whole I think. I’m discovering that I really like the pops of strong colour that I had in Spring, provided they are appropriately placed and properly balanced. There is still a little of that boldness there now, but it hasn’t shown up well from the usual picture angle.



A closer shot of the far end


I’m also learning much about the way a camera works. When I look at a section of the border my eye homes in on key points of interest. The camera looks at it as a whole. Everything it ‘sees’ has equal weight. The result is far more homogenous than the image processed by my brain.

But fear not. I have a plan. It’s not the best time of year to be moving stuff around, but if I do it now I will immediately see the effect of the changes I make.



Squirrels again..


The bird table is repaired and the birds are back. The squirrels, as ever, have had the last word. I witnessed one of the little blighters stripping the flowers off the pinks. Not to eat them, oh no. Just to leave them in a pile on top of the wall. How mean is that?

Could it be because we tested the twirler and at least one of the squirrels got a free fairground ride?



Erigeron karvinskianus

At least yesterday I did find this. It will need a few more to create a real impact, but it is a start. The vertical face of the terrace wall is increasingly forming part of the planting scheme too.


Linking up with Helen’s End Of Month View at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog. Click through to find out what other gardeners are up to this month.