All Change







WordPress tells me I’ve used this post title before. All Change. It says a lot about my personality in truth. I can’t leave things alone. But the astilbes, and the pinks, offended my eye. So even though it is July and astilbes are moisture loving plants best not moved on the hottest day of the year, they had to go.

The result is, for me, a better balanced border. The dominant blobs of pink are gone and the eye takes in the whole width of the run. Plants at the back of the lower level are more visible now and I’ve taken the opportunity to introduce more colour. Pastels are out. There is plenty of room for them in the transitional areas of the garden where the planting gently merges into the woodland backdrop beyond. Going forward it will be punches of strong colour in the terraces, something more akin to Monty Don’s Jewel Garden.

Swopping mature plants for new means I’ve lost some of the height, which will return next year. I shall also reintroduce the repetition that I’d intended to achieve with the astilbes, using something like alliums: perhaps ‘Purple Sensation’ for early summer, with Allium sphaerocephalon to follow on.



Early August, 2013

Things have improved..



 The far end of the lower level today

Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ is still going strong at the back, together with the only remaining astilbe. Dahlia ‘Karma Chocolate’, left of centre, has just been planted.



Rose ‘Alpine Sunset’



 A moulting Hucknall was determined to get into a picture..

There you go lad.



Agapanthus ‘Indigo Dreams’



 Sanguisorba ‘Tanna’, ‘Snow in Summer’ Cerastium tomentosum, Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’ and Cistus argenteus ‘Silver Pink’



The Jester’s Hat

Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’ seed head



A touch of bling.

There are still gaps to fill, room for more colour as and when the opportunity arises.


New plant purchases should really sign a contract before they make the journey from the nursery bench to the back footwell of the car:

‘I agree to be moved.

Maybe more than once.

And quite possibly at the wrong time of year.’


Perhaps the best thing I can do for the terraces now is leave them alone to mature.

Put the garden tools back in the shed. And throw away the key.


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