Scent in the Garden August
The Clerodendrum trichotomum is scenting the garden and is my plant of the month for perfume. It was purchased as a standard tree about fifteen years ago and I’ve learned from experience that it responds to a hard prune in spring to keep it in shape.
The mixed gladioli bulbs were planted in April more as a test to find out if the badger was still patrolling the allotment. For two years running glads were a favourite snack along with sweetcorn, parsnips and carrots. The sweetcorn is still standing (the cobs are yet to ripen-the ultimate test) and carrots, parsnips and celeriac have disappeared from other plots but the gladioli remain untouched. This mixed bunch opened their tissue-paper flowers last week and two favourites stand out – lime green and pale lilac – so I shall order more of these next year.
Plant Clips are back in Poundland…
and I spotted these sacks for keeping the potatoes airy and dry. Two good Christmas presents maybe?
On the allotment at the weekend I sowed rows of spinach and flat-leaf parsley. It’s rained solidly for the last four days so I may need to repeat the excercise.
Plants from Sarah Raven’s Dark Dahlia Collection have started flowering. I mixed these deep red ones with Rosa glauca, a great contrast with the grey-green leaves and the sprays of orange hips, and then added three stems of Arum italicum ‘Winter White’ which is now dormant and producing spectacular orange berries.