SOS 13th July 2019

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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9 thoughts on “SOS 13th July 2019

  1. What gorgeous colour combinations, it would be rude to try and separate them into single blooms. It’s hard to choose a favourite but I really love your French courtyard, especially with that cheeky little blue adding an accent, too. I’m happy to admit to being a garden eccentric and why not? Who says yellow and apricot can’t go together if they make you happy? As for the plant theatre, I love all that colour and jollity and fun and joy! 🙂

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  2. I love the French border & that wonderful pellie theatre, but what’s not to love about the day lilies w/the rose or the rose w/the rose or the rose & clematis. You have a good eye for colour & all the photos show that well.


    1. Sorry for the stoney silence. I tried to add a comment to your blog but I don’t think it worked. For some reason adding comments is very hit and miss with me which is really frustrating because I really want to say something! Thank you so much for your comment.

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      1. This made me laugh, & thanks for taking the time to explain. There are so many SoSers now that I haven’t a clue who’s being silent – stony or otherwise. Folk’ve said that blogspot does have problems w/letting them leave comments. I should change hosts, perhaps, but I’ve too much to do in the garden!


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