Sunday, July 17, 2011

Time to reveal the "reveal"

Actually, this is probably going to turn out to be a big anticlimax. I like to work really fast in the garden when I'm doing a new project, but the weather here has been so bad I've only been able to finish reshaping in the lawn in slow and laborious steps, rushing out in between downpours.
But here it is, a nice, neat zig-zag instead of a rather indeterminate curve.
I'm very happy with it. What's interesting is that now I have a shape I'm happy with, I feel I want to take things away, rather than clutter it up. I guess that tells me I'm a great one for hiding problems rather than solving them.

You may remember that I started this by creating a little peninsula around one of my cordylines, below, which for various tedious reasons was growing in the middle of the lawn.

I think I now need a bench in the far right-hand side. But let's not go there right now, because I don't have time for any more makeovers. Shame, because this is a good time to buy garden furniture at reduced prices in the sales...

Here's a day lily, 'El Desperado'. My day lilies aren't really in the right place, so they flower in a rather sulky, well-OK-if-I-really-have-to sort of way. When they do, however, they look spectacular.

I love this combination of colours - created here with a coleus (OK, OK, solenostemon, but coleus is a darned sight easier to write) and Euphorbia characias wulfenii. The coleus is 'Trusty Rusty'. Here it is again with a yellow-leaved maple.

I'm much happier with this bed too (For mini-makeover earlier in the year, see here). I used to have green and yellow striped cannas here, with the yellow crocosmia and agapanthus and Verbena bonariensis. The red-leaved cannas (these are 'Durban') are so much more dramatic.
I was inspired to use this combination after seeing a picture of a garden with yuccas and red-leaved cannas. Sadly, I can't remember whose it was, but thank you very much!
Next to them, but out of shot, is a buddleia. I thought I'd bought 'Nanho Blue' but it turned out more like 'Black Knight' - a really rich purple. It looks wonderful with the dahlias, which are 'David Howard'.
Could I just say, I'm sick of the weather this July. It has been a complete wash-out - the sort of English summer we get teased about. Endless rain, endless wind, temperature down around 16C (which oddly enough is 61F). So I'm jolly glad I'm off on holiday this week.
Yes, I'm off to Seattle on Wednesday! Where the weather is, ahm, rainy and windy, and the temperature is down around the low sixties. I know I'll get a really warm American welcome, though, so I'm really looking forward to it.


Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

I really like how you have done those edges - it makes the look very sharp (sharp in a good way).

Yes, this summer has been complete pants - but I am sure you will have a great time in Seattle and I look forward to all your posts about it! (no pressure there then)

ozhene said...

The garden is looking really good - love the zig-zag edging

petoskystone said...

the 'durban' is a lovely red. have fun in seattle! safe travels :)

Missy said...

The square edges look great, but I had to comment about the weather. I've been complaining because we just had a couple of Winter days where the maximum only got to 16C. I'm a wimp. That's the coldest it ever gets here.

Anna Vattenkanna said...

I love your urban jungle-garden so much!

Anna vattenkanna in Sweden

organicgardendreams said...

Usually I am all for curved beds, but in your garden the straight lines work very well and add drama to the garden. Maybe it is the contrast between those and the opulent, lavish, tropical planting that you do? I love, love, love, the last shot of the bed with the orange dahlias and the bronze/red/orange cannas. This is absolutely stunning! Congratulations on creating such a fabulous garden!

Benjamin Vogt said...

My wife says an anti climax is not good at all. (too far?) If you want to parachute down to Lincoln, Nebraska on your long flight over, feel free to do so. I'll leave the searchlight on for you. I sure wish I could afford a trip to Seattle to see all you cool people.

Søren said...

It's not just the UK that has a bit of a wash-out summer this year; across the North Sea in Denmark I'm also longing for long, sunny days, but have to satisfy myself with a couple of hours every now and then.

I love the new edges; they make the lawn look cleaner and more obviously controlled against the wilder expression of the borders.

Dawn/LittleGreenFingers said...

Most impressive (especially achieving anything in this weather) I've never really liked Coleus - except in your garden as you seem to bring out the best in those colours.

Have a wonderful time in Seattle. It's a city that can make this kind of weather somehow cool. Enjoy!

Darla said...

I like what you have done to your gardens and you do have some great combination plantings.

Esther Montgomery said...

Are these the coleus you grew from seed?

Have a great time in Seattle!


Mark and Gaz said...

It's been a washout here the past few days, and still is, forcing most of us to slow down a bit with our gardening. Garden's looking lovely as always, and I like the changes in the lawn. Have fun in Seattle!

Lucy said...

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Jean said...

Wow, I really wasn't expecting to see such a tropical garden in your neck of the woods - lovely! Like the zig-zags and your combinations. And your kitty is so cute (I've always liked Absynnians). It was so great to meet you in Seattle. I'm still on a high from it!