Allium as sculpture

The seed heads of Allium Christophii and Allium Purple Sensation are a fantastic sight.  They have dried out and the large black seeds are visible now as the seed heads have popped open.  They are still so beautiful that I am leaving them on display.  When they have blown over I have picked them up and put them in a vase.  I will try to keep them until Christmas – a festive decoration with a difference…

allium seed head

Finally, a white Japanese Anemone!

The Japanese Anemone (bought from a supermarket) didn’t like where I planted it last year.  It looked rather sickly and didn’t want to grow new leaves let along flower.  So this Spring I moved it and planted it in the shady side of the garden in the raised beds.  It has had a slow start but looks healthier than last year and has finally flowered!

White Japanese Anemone

Purple ‘pom-poms’

My verbena bonariensis plants are fantastic!  The appear to float above the rest of the plants and catch the sunlight.  More flowers are appearing on side branches so they give quite a full effect.  Even my seedlings that went ‘sideways’ have now found a way upright and they too are starting to flower.

Verbena flowers

Fantastic display, can believe they have grown so tall so quickly!  Must grow again from seed next year.  I wonder if I can keep seeds from these plants too??

Bargain buys…

Went to the local garden centre for compost and horticultural grit.  Whilst there noticed that they had reduced some perennial plants as they were ‘past their best’.  I hope to grow more of my Astrantia from seed but I found two new ones at half price plus a beautiful cranesbill or geranium so am really pleased.  The Geranium is flowering and I think that they Astrantias will do again.

I just love this photo!

cranesbill flower and bumble bee

Lime green & evening scent…

Nicotiana (tobacco plant), grown from seed – badly – because they were clumped together and struggled for space.  I think that I had run out of small pots.  I decided to plant out my seedlings so thinned some out and planted them in my raised beds.  Surprisingly they grew and had to be thinned out again.

Nicotiana flowers

I hadn’t realised how large the plants would be, nor how large the leaves would get.  I had seen a more dainty plant – Nicotiana sylvestris – and this seems smaller in scale with more delicate flowers.  So at first I wasn’t too keen but decided to keep them.  Now am very pleased that I did.  The lime green really zaps in the early evening and the scent is great too.  Also the bees love it…  A must for next year.  Perhaps another variety too…

Evening…

Outside this evening to check on progress.  Tomatoes are looking a bit tatty, realize that small caterpillars have been eating the leaves!  That explains why some of the leaves look a bit like green lace… Hmm didn’t know that there were caterpillars who fed on these.  Must pay more attention.

The seed heads of the Nigella look fantastic!  Almost as lovely as the flowers…

Nigella seedhead

Verbena bonariensis is looking fine, more flowers appearing and look like purple pom-poms floating in mid air.

Verbena flowers

Golden bamboo is spreading out again, must make a note to cut it back again at the weekend.