this week we've been stripping down summer baskets which had ran their course, taking cuttings from the perennial plants for using next year....
Crocosmia meteor or Montbretia Grass is something of a familar face in the hedgerows in Donegal and rural Derry, commonly found in many a garden its also found its way to colonising rural spots, adding bright colour to forgotten hedgerows and problem banks. In the garden Crocosmia is excellent for filling in beds, borders and for giving late summer colour in awkward spots like slopes, banks and the 'strip beside the shed' that everyone has. Its a fast grower, the bulbous perennial will quickly form a clum 5' wide in only a few short years. Today we were planting some below some mature Acer trees in St Patricks Primary School, this area is notoriously dry and tough so Crocosmia is perfect.
Although the 3' high growing orange flowering type is by far the most common the variety Crocosmia Lucifer is far more hot and dramatic, flowering 4'-5' its a stummer in the garden, its not quite as vigorous as its orange cousin so won't spread out as much but it will form a thick clump which produces these bright red flowers in late summer of every year
A bright yellow variety is Crocosmia Norwich Canary, a lower growing type, similar to the orange flowering Crocosmia in that it grows about 2' high, the leaves are thinner and slightly more dainty and the flowers are bright yellow, a wonderful contrast if planted around a dark leaved shrub such as Purple Smoke Bush
Crocosmia Babylon is a variety of montbretia famed for its bigger flowers, there are much wider in their openess than other varieties, and make a fantastic show in late summer
Heres a few wee seeds we're sowing just now for next year, this one is Lagurus ovatus, a wonderful little grass plant which produces these wee 'bunny tails'....a real interest plant for the container or garden. Its only an annual so you'll have to re-sow it each year but wonderful all the same
another wonderful decorative grass is this Briza maxinia, another grass with decorative seed heads and like the Lagurus its an annual grass. Growing about 2' high its a nice grass for swaying in the wind and works well planted in a wee drift along a paths edge
In contract to the 2 above Cleome Violet Queen is a fabulous flowering plant, growing 5' in height it produces these bright scented flowers in the summer.
Sweet William are a garden classic, lovely scented flowers in summer months. Ideal for filling gaps inbetween roses and in borders, it makes an invaluable cut flower
another great fragrant plants are these Wallflowers, tragically very unfashionable but wallflower are great to bring beneficial bugs to the party, these flower in spring and early summer and are a welcome food source for bees early in the year
great colour of this St josephs coat plant.... and wonderful smell. Now I've this is a raised bed on its own, as it does have a tendacy to be spread all over the garden.
Were out picking some Haw Berries today, these are just starting to plump up around the town....
I picked a wee punnet worth just to try them out, stewed these with some wind-fall crab apples and pears and some Honey to make a lovely wee jam...
I was fierce late planting these Anemone bulbs that I picked up in BandQ in July at an end-of-line sale....but glad to see some are coming into flower. Indeed the take rate of these clearance bulbs were in the high 90% so I was delighted with my purchase..
These De Caen Anemone will be half-hardy for me, so I'll be lifting these when the weather gets colder and storing the bulbs in sand in a frost free location....but its great to get the planted like this so that they can build some energy for next year when they will be at their best....yeah it was late planting them...but a bargains a bargain!
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