upwardly mobile

August 9, 2011

Thank goodness plants don’t aspire to something higher. But these seem to be stretching as far as they can even if some are little shorties!

Bog standard Persicaria affine only 450mms tall in flower. It loves the clay soil and makes a perfect companion to some self seeded Stipa tenuissima . . .

A tangle of Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ with a rather bleached out flower of Cephalaria dipsacoides rising to 2 metres and perfectly see through gorgeous. Brutish stolid pokers burning with colour . . . maybe Kniphofia ‘Lord Roberts’ . . .

plastic bottles and forests of Verbena bonariensis. Here it’s necessary to fight ones way through. The ridged stems hold the plant proud as do the ridged stems of this Eryngium planum ‘Blaukappe’ (Blue Cap) but it’s the intensity of the tone that holds the eye . . .

. . . so away from wafty and down to amazing architectural structure and habit and Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ (Black Head)

. . and of course Lathyrus wending its way up the support, but it’s the perfume that is the star.

Under thesweet-peas I stood
And drew deep breaths, they smelt so good.
Then, with strange enchanted eyes,
I sawthem change to butterflies.

Higher than theskylark sings
I saw their fluttering crimson wings
Leave their garden-trellis bare
And fly intothe upper air.

Standing in an elfin trance
Through the clouds I saw them glance….
Then I stretched my hands up high
And touchedthem inthe distant sky.

At once thecoloured wing came back
From wandering in the zodiac.
Under the sweet-peas I stood
And drew deep breaths. They smelt so good.  Alfred Noyes.  A Child’s Vision

2 Responses to “upwardly mobile”

  1. daseger Says:

    Amazing! Love that Verbena–we can only grow it as an annual in New England.

  2. julia fogg Says:

    Here they’ve come through the last 2 hard winters – thick snow etc – and i prefer the seeded plants – quite promiscuous!

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