It's been a while since I shared the front garden with you all so I thought it would be as good a place to start as any. Some of you will remember I followed the front garden for 12 months last year. Planting is now in it's second year and I am extremely pleased with how it all looks. There has been a few wee tweaks here and there since I last posted about it. Below is the view from the living room window. Let me tell you those milk chocolate foxgloves are a haven for bees
|Digitalis parviflora Milk Chocolate in the foreground|
The view is equally good as you come in the front gate.
You can make out the Tropaeolum speciosum doing it's thing through the hedge (excuse the missing section of trellising - I just haven't got round to replacing it yet). Both Rosa Hot Chocolate and Hemerocallis Golden Chimes were added nearer the tail end of last summer. For the life of me I can't remember just which plants they replaced. Obviously nothing memorable.
Taking a step or two closer for a better look, Achillea Inca Gold looks rather good sandwiched between two roses I think. I planted a sumptuous late flowering red peony to contrast here but it turned out to be wrongly labelled and bloomed white. The peony will be rehomed elsewhere in autumn and I'll try again next year. I'll be wise enough to wait until I can see the plant in bloom though.
|Rosa Lady of Shallot, Achillea Inca Gold and Rosa Fighting Temeraire|
My favourite newbie in the garden this year is this beautiful martagon Lily. I shall definitely be adding more of these come autumn time.
|Lilium martagon Arabian Nights|
My favourite rose may have been incredibly slow to get going this year but it seems now to be getting a wriggle on. R. The Lark Ascending is an incredibly healthy rose. I love the form of it's blooms. The suggested light fragrance I just can't get but I am happy to forgive it this one fault.
|Rosa The Lark Ascending|
From the warm shades of the front garden to the cooler shades of the summer border situated near the back door. As you can see the summer border truly is full to bursting. Just how I like my borders. It is a pleasure to sit here and catch scents from around the garden and listen to the bees buzzing and the birds feeding their young. I note that butterflies are conspicuous by their absence this year.
As you can see I am not one of those gardeners that believe roses should be in beds on their own. I much prefer them mingling and surrounded by friends. The soil having been improved over the years I feel is rich enough to provide the needs for all the plants growing here. This border is rarely watered and the only plants that ever receive food of any sort are the roses. The rest are pretty much left to get on with it. Gardening like this also helps to keep the weeds down.
|The summer border July 2016|
|Rosa Rhapsody in Blue, Sanguisorba Pink Tanna, Clematis The Vagabond|
|Rosa Darcy Bussell and Salvia Kate Glen|
|Geranium pratense Plenum Album|
|Deutzie Strawberry Fields|
|Phlox paniculata Violet flame, Nepeta Blue Danube, Geranium psilostemon, Salvia Kate Glen and Erigeron|
|Geranium robustum, Sanguisorba Pink Tanna and Peony Fragrant Pink Imp|
|Clematis viticella Mme Julia Correvon. Clematis texensis Princess of Wales is in there too and will flower soon.|
|Filling the gap created when I fell into this border. Some low growing Cosmos.|
Cosmos Sonata - white and carmine and Campanula poscharskyana
No garden should be without a scented Philadelphus in my opinion. You don't need to get up close and personal with P. Belle Etoile. This particular one copes with copious amounts of water through winter and spring it is often waterlogged at those times of the year. No matter where you are in the garden you know she's in bloom. Her scent is heavenly. Teamed up here beneath the Rowan tree with Ligularia The Rocket.
|Ligularia The Rocket and Philadelphus Belle Etoile|
Buddleja globosa currently tucked behind some perennial sunflowers. I am hoping that next year it will be tall enough to be seen from the front of the border rather than from behind.
|Trollius chinensis Golden Queen|
|Agapanthus africanus with Helenium, Veronicastrum and Persicaria in the background.|
|Aconitum napellus Gletschereis|
|Aconitum x cammarun Stainless Steel and Peony Sarah Bernhardt|
I'd like to leave you on a personal note. I want to thank everyone for the incredibly kind emails and notes I have received from some of you over this past few weeks. You know who you are! My recent bout of ill health, later finish from work in the mornings and child minding Olli is not so much taking their toll but leaving me little time to enjoy gardening, reading, posting and commenting on blogs. I do pop in from time to time to read some of your posts and although I may only comment on the odd post or two I still enjoy reading what's been happening in your part of the world. I only hope normal service from Angie's Garden will resume soon since I am on leave from work week after next for a fortnight. We have decided not to go away and I am forever hopeful that summer may finally arrive here in Scotland so we can enjoy being here at home. Thank you all for your support and best wishes. Angie.