all things pink at marchants

June 12, 2011

It’s always a delight to take a trip to Marchants to collect plants for clients and also pick up a few to try out myself. Salvia microphylla ‘Pink Blush’ caught my eye last summer. It flowered profusely through to October and started up again in April. Terrific value! However, this time I went for Salvia x jamensis ‘Red Velvet’. Graham describes it as ‘blooming marvellous’ – good enough for me then.

Diascia personata froths out below a collection of houseleeks in clay pots on a green oak bench . . .

. . . and Lathyrus grandiflorus nestles around the base of a dark red elder. It’s a poor photo, poor weather – windy, cold and little sunny definition – hence the extra image below.

This epilobium, apparently too invasive to be on sale, looked spectacular even in the cloudy light . . .

. . how beautiful.

Maybe too much sugary pink even for me so I absorb myself in this purply blue composition . . .

. . and select soft and gentle Nepeta nuda to bring away as well.

Close to the gates a spacious garden lies,

From storms defended and inclement skies.

Four acres was the allotted space of ground,

Fenced with a green enclosure all around.

Tall thriving trees confess’d the fruitful mould:

The reddening apple ripens here to gold.

Here the blue fig with luscious juice o’erflows,

With deeper red the full pomegranate glows;

The branch here bends beneath the weighty pear,

And verdant olives flourish round the year,

The balmy spirit of the western gale

Eternal breathes on fruits, unthought to fail:

Each dropping pear a following pear supplies,

On apples apples, figs on figs arise:

The same mild season gives the blooms to blow,

The buds to harden, and the fruits to grow.

Alexander Pope. The Gardens of Alcinous  from the Seventh Book of Homer’s Odyssey

3 Responses to “all things pink at marchants”

  1. Adam Hodge Says:

    Did your Diascia personata’s overwinter satisfactorily..I had bought 3 from Ashwoods last summer and the winter clobbered the lot !

  2. julia fogg Says:

    Well I haven’t tried them but will enquire from the master next time I visit!


  3. […] Now, if you are not keen on pink, be warned and go no further. I put it all down to not having being dressed in pink dresses when I was little so having to double dose now! Well. it’s an indulgence and a few visitors may remember that I’ve done all this before. […]


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