On Saturday, gardeners around the world share six things from their garden with the Propagotor, who hosts this lovely meme.
Here’s six highlights from my garden this morning.
- The planter at the backdoor
This 3 tiered planter is in a prominent spot, and the first thing you see from the backdoor. So I like to plant it with really bright and jolly flowers that tempt you outside.
At the moment it contains begonia, cottage pinks, mint and campanula, and has a lovely fragrance.
- To the left, the nasturtiums are the next eye-catcher. They ramble over the old stone wall in a most satisfying manner.
I planted out nasturtium seeds in late spring and after a very slow start they’ve taken off like rockets.
Each year I seem to forget that nasturtiums grow like crazy, and so each September it’s a wonderful surprise when they really get going. I always cram a few too many seeds into the pot, because I love these bright blooms.
It’s a bonus that the leaves make a tasty salad – they’re peppery and tender (best harvested when small) and the flowers are edible as well as beautiful. Even the seeds are edible, they’re like a super spicy green chickpea.
The nasturtiums meet the honeysuckle, which rambles across most of the rest of this wall. The bees love this flower and so do I.
Our tour continues, turning right into the garden, past the ‘Green Brando’ and into the garden proper, where the sunlight catches the laundry and the wheelbarrow full of compost is on display.
- My next highlight is the yellow rose in the ‘new’ border.
This rose was just £1.99 at the supermarket, and I planted in the ground in May. It finally bloomed again this week, and was well worth waiting for.
5. Next highlight is the ‘galaxy garden’
Here is picture of this area in full sun from earlier this week. My husband designed the willow archway and we wove it together this spring. It creates a ‘garden room’ which we’ve called the galaxy garden.
We’d initially planted a scheme with yellow and white roses, orange crocosmia, and white lobelia, with purple hued foliage, that we wanted to represent fire.
But the roses haven’t bloomed here, perhaps due to the peculiar summer, or perhaps they’re too crammed in, or perhaps it’s too shady behind the willow screen.
But I do love what has emerged, as this area revealed itself as the ‘galaxy garden,’ with purple foliage and little white flowers.
I love the heuchera obsidian, which has wonderful deep purple leaves and sparkly pale pink star shaped blooms, the red leaved acer and white lobelia, the delicate nemisia and purple leaved hebe, which gives this area it’s galactic feel, reflecting the colours of the night sky.
6. Finally, our tour takes us up the steps to the mini orchard at the bottom of the garden. Here the apple and quince trees are heavy with fruit.
We finish at the raspberry pathway with the willow beanpole. And because I can’t stop at six, here’s a few more snaps from this morning…
If you’d like to have a snoop around other gardens, please visit the Propagator’s blog and see what people are sharing for this week’s Six on Saturday.