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Everything bursting to flower now....either flowers or buds.  Things are rapid these days aren't they?  One day nothing and the next full flower.  Not in itself a fantastic structural plant, etc.  but geum tangerine dream is a star.  Vivid orange flowers on dainty stems.....I defy anyone not to enjoy it.  And the lupins...big fat spires of rich colours.....dominate don't they?  

Yep, summer has arrived


artjak...I need a Verbascum in my garden


They are lovely plants, with quite a variety of colours available; I had Verbascum Marlborough(?) but it was a rather insipid pale primrose so I looked for more vibrant ones. They take quite a bit of space so that is why mine is on the drive.

Verdun, can we see some pics?


my verbascums got blown down by the strong wind last week as well as my tall alliums.. everything flat on the ground.

as for summer.. it is longest day next week... and the weather doesnt seem to have done as it should for this time of cosmos seedlings are only just starting to bush out and no flowes yet.. my rudbeckias are only 5 ins tall and flowering wallflowers are still flowering so havnt taken them out to replace with the rudbeckias like normally do yet.



Gardeningf  I am so sorry to hear about the plants being flattened; it must be heartbreaking, especially at this time of the year when you expect everything to be looking good



Yeah, I hate the wind the most as I think it is the most spoiling and damaging.

What us gardeners have to endure...

Here's a photo of my purple and white garden which got designed this year and is the biggest success of my design adventures. Just gonna sit and enjoy as it matures now.

The rose is only two years old, but what a marvellous thing it shall become now that its proper settled and growing well

 and a close up of the rose "Winter White" (no relation





So lovely, Wintersong.  I have been snapping two things that are pertect companions colourwise in my garden - blue bearded iris and heuchera "Caramel".




Lovely rose Wintersong. I like the crinkly ones 

This is the freebie geranium I had which has just opened today. Very long stamens.  If anyone can enlighten me as to the name I'd be most grateful. No idea where it came from


The potty gardener

Such lovely pictures everyone. It's nice now because every day there are new things to see. Nut and wintersong the clematis is Florida Sieboldii, in pics the white petals are open so I am not sure why it is like this.


Didn't recognise sieboldii Bev. 

hardy for you if Newhaven is where I think it is but a bit iffy up here.

The potty gardener

Yes Nut Newhaven is on coast between Brighton and Eastbourne


Thanks nut - you're a star as always! Will check that out 

It just came in from somewhere but no idea where! May even have been in with one of the plants bought from the nursery for last house as we got loads from there.  It will work well in front border.


I was close Bev, I thought it was in Cornwall 

Rg this is the pinker one and it's cultivar name is 'Cambridge'



it's time I added some pics here

 Dianthus 'Mrs Sinkins' best of scents

 Astrantia 'Hadspen Blood'




I think this is a penstemon, a tiny one, I bought it at a plant fair last year and it hadn't got a label when i got it home

Anyone know what it is?



Lovely pictures all

Am making a shopping list - Verbascum clementine is at the top !

Love the astrantia, nut - that makes it on to the list too.

And Verdun - geums are my flower of the moment - have some Mrs Bradshaws strutting their stuff, and 6 Bells Bank arriving tomorrow (I hope!).  They just go on and on (and the wind doesn't flatten them.  Agree with Wintersong that the wind is the worst enemy of all).


That Clementine is right at the top of my list chicky


Well I'm loving all these plants so much.

Bev, that Clematis is one f my favourites. So elegant.

happymarion, that combo is really awesome and one of my favourite (blue and rusty orange)!

Those geraniums are really pretty, I love the white Dianthus and nut, your Astrantia is flipping marvelous

I've grown mine from a 50p dried up sprout from last year that's flowering and putting on good growth this year but nothing to match your example

Also love those types of Penstemon. I have the fatter bell type in purple and white, but I think I much prefer the tube type flower and in those reds. I really wouldn't mind finding one of those in my GC although I'm currently avoiding it since my wish list is almost endless


I'm so pleased that you all like that Verbascum As Nut knows I too like Astrantia; first met them at a Sandringham plant show, they are not too showy but always attract attention. I like that coral coloured penstemon.

Winter; as always your garden is so elegant; what is the little 'hut' next to the white trellis fence? Is it a bee hive?