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The bright border is at its midsummer zenith!
I don’t think of myself as a particularly girly girl, and throughout my life I have almost avoided pink. Yet when I look around my rose garden, I see pink everywhere. And yes, I am tickled pink.
We haven’t had as much sun as I would like this summer, but this doesn’t seem to have held back the bright border. In the softer light it has taken on a slightly different character. The coral and warm orange tones are more prominent. The textures and shapes resemble plump cushions and fabrics being draped over one another.
I generally plant roses and herbaceous perennials in groups of three. This gives each variety a presence in the border: their flowers are in sufficient number to make an impact. I like the way they form clear hummocks, like hills, through the border. Their outlines remind me of a child’s drawing of overlapping hills.
This peony is mouth-watering. There is a lightness to intersectional peonies. Where herbaceous peonies are taffeta and tulle, intersectional peonies are a swishy silk skirt on bare legs.
The best buds of all are the oriental poppies. They wear thick woollen tights, but silk knickers beneath. This one is about to burst its breeches.
Peonies. I love peonies. There is no other flower you want to nestle into and actually go to sleep on. These are my favourite peonies for pillowy billowiness. ‘Barbara’ has been the queen of my rose garden this week. Peony ‘Barbara”Barbara’ exudes competence and confidence. She knows how to be a peony. Peony ‘Barbara’ with…
I made my rose garden in the winter of 2016/17, and then extended it this last winter. The rose garden doesn’t cover a huge area. It is about 7m x 5m. I made the Bright Border a couple of years before the rose garden, incorporpating all of the showstopper plants I love. But now I…
I love peonies. Any sort of peony. Here is my guide to growing herbaceous, tree and intersectional peonies.
Before I get carried away with the peonies, I think I should just pause to appreciate the lupins. This is ‘Thunderclouds’, grown from seed last year, and now flowering prodigiously. I’ve never noticed before the wispy calyx that nestles the newly-opened flowers. It is like a fur stole, soon to be carelessly dropped as the…