callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,
callmemadam
callmemadam

  • Mood:

Feeling green

A combination of wind, rain and antibiotics has kept me out of the garden and stopped me planting the vegetables. Never mind, everything is looking green.



A couple of weeks ago I cut all the old brown fronds off this lovely Shield Fern Polystichum setiferum so as to enjoy watching the new ones unfurl. As it's right by the back door, under the tap, I never miss anything.

Here is a logpile, beloved of ecologists and no doubt seething with life. The fern has seeded itself and I'm wondering if I could dig up a root of Solomon's Seal and persuade it to grow here, as I think it would look rather well.



I'm not keen on too much variegated foliage in a garden but this one is jolly



Astrantia major 'Sunningdale Variegated'. I wonder if Linda Snell has planted it at Ambridge Hall? Another very good variegated plant is Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander's'. The early foliage looks like this



and it keeps its variegation all summer. It's just the old Yellow Loosestrife with pretty leaves. Some people think loosestrife rather weedy but I like it because it clumps up so well and also because it reminds me of childhood gardens, when everybody had it. Like all Lysimachias it hates to be dry, so I've moved some to a damper spot. These old fashioned plants are tough and they don't come much tougher than this Centaurea:



Someone once said to me that she thought this plant must be in every garden in Dorset. It is the ultimate survivor. I'll end on a green note with another fern which has decided for itself where to live.


Tags: being green, gardening, plants
Subscribe

  • Jane Austen, Lucy Worsley and me

    I very much enjoyed Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen at Home. It is exactly what the title suggests: a description of all the houses Jane Austen lived…

  • The man who loved Dylan: Bob Willis, cricketer and fan

    Bob Willis, A Cricketer and a Gentleman credited to Bob Willis & Mike Dickson, edited by David Willis. Bob Willis (1949-2019) was the second…

  • Film watch: Hue and Cry

    Hue and Cry was the first Ealing comedy, made in 1947. What was normal life then, i.e. bombed-out London with children playing on the bomb sites, is…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments