a garden – some plants and the nursery who supplied the plants

September 12, 2010

A very fleeting visit to a garden designed, constructed and planted over the last 3 years. Overcast skies so almost no no shadows showing on the these pix . . . moody, maybe muddy shots, oh well . . .

Stands of the upright grass Calamagrostis x acut. ‘Karl Foerster’  with fluffier Deschampsia and Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’ . . .

. . . cow parsley like Selinum wallichanum and soft yellow Nepeta goviniana with backcloth of the brown flower heads of Calamagrostis brachytricha and the more autumnal flowering tones of Calamagrostis x acutiflora  ‘Karl Foerster’ again – designers love it for the strength of its habit . . .

. . Calamgrostis brachytricha again with Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Taurus’ and the dark claret buttons of Sanguisorba officinalis . . .

. . . Deschampsia again with some gaura in the foreground . . .

 . . . the light is getting worse looking down the shrub walk under the branches of the Acer griseum. It’s pointless pursuing taking photos and anyway, the purpose of the day is to visit a favourite hardy herbaceous wholesale nursery for one of their open days where designers are invited to discuss requirements, view the order beds and generally to much needed CPD.

I am completely transfixed by the persicarias . . . these are in pots but the effect is sublime. I try to think where and how I can use this plant in this scale . . .

. . . Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’, mmmm, . . . .

 . . . and pink with red, all very yummy . . .

 . .. looking across wide bands of colour, the verbascum stands proud . . . alone . . .

 . . . and seed heads with Stipa gigantea . . .very muted tones . . .

 . . . delicate textures sit well against the background bands of plants waiting to have new homes. 

IT was a perfect day
For sowing; just
As sweet and dry was the ground
As tobacco-dust.

I tasted deep the hour
Between the far
Owl’s chuckling first soft cry
And the first star.

A long stretched hour it was;
Nothing undone
Remained; the early seeds
All safely sown.

And now, hark at the rain,
Windless and light,
Half a kiss, half a tear,
Saying good-night.

Edward Thomas

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