Sanguisorba menziesii, Anemanthele lessoniana (Pheasant’s Tail grass) and Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’
I love this shot. Not the taking of it, which required teetering on the slope in an unusual relationship with a tripod, but the atmosphere it conveys. If I wanted to sum up how the bank should look one day, in just one shot, this would be it. Wispy, ephemeral, textural, full of movement. Although possibly with the sun out.
The sanguisorba blooms continue to shine even after the flowers have past their peak. I shall be ordering more of these.
From certain angles the bank really looks to be filling out now. The orange comes from a Hemerocallis (Day Lily) that I relocated up here a couple of years ago. It has spread into a mighty clump. I’m in two minds about it. It’s not just the frequent deadheading in a difficult-to-get-to spot (fine example of forward planning there, Mrs Head Gardener). No, it’s got to the point where it has begun to sprawl, collapsing in the middle to make even an emergency link stake deployment a complete waste of time. The Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ continues to be the star of the show.
Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’, which I did plant, alongside foxgloves, which I didn’t. The combination works well enough to have avoided the ruthless weeding fork.
An unknown rose, three of them in fact, sprung up from nowhere now that the mass of weeds has been cleared. They add a nice touch of colour so they are staying too.
And beneath an acer in a favoured shady spot at the foot of the slope, Saxifraga stolonifera shines out of the gloom.
The Precipitous Bank, June
This month the berberis hedges have had their annual haircut. The result has been quite dramatic, with the structure of the planting beginning to emerge. I’ve also cut back the tide of pulmonaria foliage and already fresh new growth is starting to appear. I hope that will mean a better display next year. Weeding has left more soil exposed and gaps to be filled but on the whole it’s looking more encouraging this month and that’s the important thing is it not.
I’m thinking the border in the forefront of this view, below the path, should be a white border. If the bank is going to be a blaze of colour, with texture and lots of movement from the grasses, then white will provide a restful frame. Hydrangea petiolaris is already there and I will add roses and foxgloves to the mix.
The eagled eyed may have noticed something else has changed. The piles of rock and gravel that have occupied that spot (bottom right) for years have finally gone. But the change is more fundamental than that, something of a milestone in fact..
Thanks to some hard and determined work from Mike, we finally have the turning circle back!
RIP ‘The Heap’. It was nice knowing you. Not.
And finally this month I have injuries to report.
Yes, in pursuit of weed clearance I fell off the bank. Not a great vertical distance it has to be said, I was climbing down anyway, but it’s the low wall and the concrete path that refuse to take prisoners. Exhibit A (no photograph to protect the squeamish) a six inch gash to the back of the calf. Having slithered unceremoniously down the slope I landed square on the butt reaffirming, should that ever have been necessary, that I do indeed possess a coccyx. And was that it? No. My left foot landed in the weed trug that had fortuitously preceded me in the descent, causing it to rebound and clout me squarely on the cheek. Thankfully, to Mike’s relief more than anyone’s I suspect, I seem to have managed to escape a black eye.
It’s all quite ironic, given the timing, if you remember the circumstances surrounding the start up of the blog (here).
It gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘the June drop’.
Linking up with Helen’s End Of Month View (here) at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog. Click through to find out what other gardeners are up to this month.