The height of summer. Here in Sussex today we seem to be having the ideal summer’s day at the moment with blue skies, a few wispy clouds and a gentle breeze, not too hot, just right. Looking at the photos I’ve decided to make plant combinations my theme because at this time of year there is such a profusion of flowers. The question is what to leave out not put in; everything comes at once in abundance. Combinations let me get in two (or more) for the price of one!
1. Clematis and Rose
This is Madame Julia Correvon with a shrubby (somewhat scruffy) white rose called Moonlight, I believe.
2. Yellow and Blue
This is rosa Graham Thomas with Verbena bonariensis. Earlier Mr Thomas with surrounded by catmint which now needs cutting back so it can shoot again.
3. More Roses
In the deepest furthest corner of the garden I have planted rosa Penepole under the cherry tree and a pink climbing rose to grow up through it. I grew the pink one from a 3 inch cutting I took from a hedgerow on common land and I think it’s Exchelsea. I am quite pleased with this achievement (although I didn’t actually do much apart from potting it up and keeping it going). It obviously has a will to live. The purple leaved hazel on the right appeared one day. I think maybe a squirrel planted a nut from my contorted purple leaved hazel but it has not become contorted.
4. Lemons and Apricots
I like these yellow day lilies with the yellow and green variegated holly in the background. Also next to them is the beautiful apricot coloured rose Lark Ascending. Yellow and apricot should probably not go together but I don’t care, I love them both and they thrive here under the Juneberry tree so they are staying together.
5. Absinthe and Claret
Alchemilla mollis with alliums in what I pretentiously call the french courtyard border (notice the vine along the fence).
6. Pelargonium Theatre
Collection of stellar and scented geraniums which I have been growing over some years. They overwinter in the outhouse behind them and I take cuttings. Patrick (husband) was inspired to make the shelving this year after a visit to Beth Chatto’s garden for which I am most grateful. My daughter thinks the notion of a plant theatre is hilarious and that it confirms my eccentricity. But I know that there are those of you out there who understand.
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