Plants of the Month
Gloriosa and Eustomia
A touch of the exotic this month, a delightful soft pink Eustomia Lisianthus and dramatic red and yellow Gloriosa Rothschildiana, both lovely gifts from fellow artist Steve John who is also an avid gardener. Sadly this pretty Estomia is an annual so will not survive beyond this year but I am hoping to keep the Gloriosa tuber and grow it again next year. Steve says it is even better in its second season. I love the way it opens a vivid red and yellow and slowly changes colour to rich red as it gets older. As you can see in my photograph, the actual bloom gets larger too and flattens out. Look carefully and you can see a just starting to open bud at the top and three other flowers at different stages.
Open Gardens Update
We are all absolutely delighted by the overwhelming success of this year's Open Gardens Trail which raised around £4,000 for The Children's society. A huge "thank you" to everyone who supported us so generously, old cliche but true - we couldn't have done it without you!
Now to start getting ready for next year.......
Like many of us I am becoming aware how much the current weather patterns of excess rain, long droughts and heatwaves are affecting my garden. It was brought sharply into focus when we decided to have our Open Garden Trail this year and I realised what a mess my garden was in!
Plants like my Sedums have survived well but I have lost some shallow-rooting plants and had to work hard at maintaining others. These sedums will be re-planted to cover a larger area and inter-planted with Crocosmia and day Lilies. Other struggling plants will be relocated. Digging out perennial weeds will also be a focus.
Artisans Corner News
I've been looking through my old sketchbook at a huge number of en plein air sketches. They stretch back over many years and I've decided to frame some up for sale. I clearly remember sketching this small narrow boat on the Llangollen canal, it looked so snug nestling into the wildflowers with its geraniums on the roof. Imagine my surprise when a man, immaculately dressed in a pin-stripe suit emerged with a bicycle, put on his cycle clips and set off down the towpath! Life is full of surprises.