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South facing Salvia border.

Janey

By Janey

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With all the heat we’ve had and then torrential rain, my south facing border has grown, and grown and GROWN!
Looking more like a wild border now, I love it. And so do the bees, butterflies, hover flies and insects, on a sunny day, whichever one that will be, it’ll be buzzing again..:))

Campanula milky bellflower, loves this corner, growing through Rosemary and Clematis multi blue doing the same. In the foreground, Ammi majus, the first time Ive grown it and it’s beautiful, floaty and lacy..

This spring I’ve also grown salvia sclerea or Clary, and this white one is a real beauty, at dusk, it shines out along with the Ammi. Lavender Hidcote at the very front, part of a small hedge that runs along half of the border, the other half didn’t make it!

Further along my favourite Achillea, gold plate. It’s loves to flop and wind through the plants, and I love it with Salvia Amistad which I planted last autumn. Such a dark beauty..
Stachys there or lambs ears, which I keep pruning and with the damp, tends to attract mould. Then a couple of white Scabious just beginning to bud up..

Salvia Nemerosa, nearly finished but has been flowering for ages and Salvia viridis pink sundae, one grown from seeds Sheila kindly sent me.

There’s the lovely pink sundae again, taking centre stage with pretty Geranium Rozanne, a gift from Karen many years ago.

There’s Rozanne again with very dark blue Clary sage..

And here we are, I moved this gorgeous dahlia to this spot and I think it works lovely with the colours, no name, but a soft memory of Irish Frank who loved his Dahlias and gave me an envelope of seeds…:))

Isn’t it just beautiful!

And overlooking the border, Passiflora Constance Elliot, winding her way through the crosswork of dead Ivy stems.
Lots of flowers, but all facing skywards, maybe she doesn’t care for salvias..haha..

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Such a varied selection of flowering shrubs, Janey...the Salvia Amistad certainly is a dark beauty..
Lost mine last year...I've taken Salvia cherry lips cuttings for Sheila...hope they are successful.

1 Jul, 2020

 

A beautiful border looking down towards the house, it's all lovely though so can't really say one bit is better than the other. I love the Clary and it fits in everywhere so well. With the backdrop/borrowed landscape of the Church the Passion flower may well turn up it's nose at the Salvias and try to get over the wall to more exalted company.

1 Jul, 2020

 

Really lovely blog Janey - so nice to have all your happy plants given a name 🙂. What green fingers you have! x

1 Jul, 2020

 

That's a truly lovely cottage garden border. The salvias have gentle, soft colours which suit the wall behind. Your dahlia is very special, too.

1 Jul, 2020

 

Thanks Meadow, I'm hoping Amistad will bulk up and grow even taller. I remember I mulched mine to keep it warm over winter, they are a bit tender. Cherry lips is fabulous, and I do like very much nachtinder, another very dark one.
Yes, I do hope your cuttings take..

Thank you Honeysuckle, haha, yes that maybe is the case, it is pure white!

Thanks Sheila, pleased you like it. I have grown close to each and everyone during lockdown....no not really, only joking!..:))

1 Jul, 2020

 

That's kind of you Anget, they are soft colours, I usually have more brilliance in this border, but I really like it this year. Irish Frank was well known in our village, a lovely elderly gentleman and sorely missed..

1 Jul, 2020

 

Janey, your garden is fabulous. I just love it. I wish I had better luck with salvias...they are annuals here. You've achieved what I've been aspiring to for ages. at risk of repeating myself: I just love it!

1 Jul, 2020

 

Janey I love your garden its a proper cottage garden a riot of colour it would do well on a chocolate box or a jigsaw .. and those walls well you know what I think about them ..Big Sigh x

1 Jul, 2020

 

Aw, you two, thank you! The pretty dainty Clary ones Lori are annuals, I wasn't expecting them to grow quite so tall, but with rain, heat and rain again, they shot up!
A jigsaw Amy? Just imagine all the weeds you'd have on every piece..:) yes I do love the walls..
Thank you both so much..X

1 Jul, 2020

 

that is so beautiful a riot of colour and in my palette too.

1 Jul, 2020

 

Yes the S. pink sundae is supposed to be an annual, but a few seedlings shot up again here this year. 🙂.

1 Jul, 2020

 

Thank you Sbg...:)) good for the pollinators...

Did they Sheila, it is a strong one then..:)

1 Jul, 2020

 

Really lovely blog, Janey! Thank you for sharing with us.
You have a really beautiful, romantic garden. It’s captivating in all its prettiness and colour! Oh that dahlia is a real striking colour too; you are so very right, it’s beautiful!

1 Jul, 2020

 

That's so kind of you Kate, thank you! I'm really pleased how it's turned out. I did think there was far too much together, but no the plants lean on each other when the blustery wind blows and seem to weave in and out of each other too..:))

1 Jul, 2020

 

Your garden looks beautiful such colourful boarders love the Dahlia.

1 Jul, 2020

 

Thank you Dawn, I was hoping for a sunny day today to enjoy it all a bit more, but no rain, rain... Hope it's drier where you are..:0)

2 Jul, 2020

 

There's a lovely 'cottagey' feel to your garden, it looks very relaxing :)

2 Jul, 2020

 

A lovely, "flowery" blog, Janey! :)

I like that Passion Flower very much & the Dahlia is stunning!

2 Jul, 2020

 

Absolutely gorgeous border Janey.

2 Jul, 2020

 

All soft and lovely, that church spire is the icing on the cake. I do love clary, but have never grown it, is it easy? Does it look good for a long time? I've been growing herbaceous salvia for a few years now, such marvellous plants. I have nachtvlinder, among others, but my favourite is cerro potosi, absolutely love it, but it would not fit into your lovely muted border. Would you like to swap gardens? :-)

3 Jul, 2020

 

Ba I love Cerro potosi too . . . to me it goes with EVERYTHING!

3 Jul, 2020

 

Thanks Hywel, yes, it is quite a relaxing garden on a sunny day (!) The climbers have run away this year with the heat and then the rain. The hops down the end of the garden are clinging to anything they can grab, but they are such a wonderful colour, that I don't mind...triffids come to mind!

3 Jul, 2020

 

Glad you like it Balc, yes, the Passion flower has so many flower buds, and now they are trailing down to the Rosemary, it is really doing just what it likes..:))

Thank you Linda..:o)

3 Jul, 2020

 

Its rain rain and very windy here too Janey .

3 Jul, 2020

 

Hello Ba, yes the clary is very easy, the pink ones are from seeds Sheila kindly sent me. I love the bracts, just like coloured paintbrushes, and the insects do enjoy the tiny little flowers down the stems. I'll let you know how it all gets on, so far they have withstood the grey wet and windy days, so are quite sturdy..:0))

Nachtvlinder is my absolute favourite. I was lucky enough to visit Sissinghurst last September, and there it was, just stunning! I don't know Cerro potosi, so am going to google it to have a look. Both you and Sheila love it, so can't wait..haha.

3 Jul, 2020

 

Ooh yes, it is spectacular! Baby sage...and there it is with Amistad at Sarah Ravens. I think it would look great in my border, a pop of sharp pink, to wake you up..:0))

3 Jul, 2020

 

Oh Dawn, don't we get fed up of it! I keep putting pots under cover, then bringing them out.. I've even got my heating on as it's quite cold inside..:((

3 Jul, 2020

 

If it’s Cerro potosi you like, I can probably take some cuttings . . . but don’t hold your breath!

3 Jul, 2020

 

I do Sheila, thanks so much..:))

3 Jul, 2020

 

A real cottage garden which looks amazing. I love the colours in your border and the pretty, frothy mixture of plants.

4 Jul, 2020

 

Janey, I have just taken two cuttings of a ‘sharp pink’ Salvia. I now have quite a few sharp pink salvias around the garden, so it might be Cerro potosi or it might not! But they are the same colour so I’m sure you will like it.

If they make a good root system in the next few weeks, I’ll post them on to you. x

4 Jul, 2020

 

Absolutely gorgeous planting Janey ... I would love to have a brick wall or two for my Passion flower to adorn ... instead of a fence where it grows through to the neighbour's garden! Not that he minds ... :o)

4 Jul, 2020

 

Oh, thank you so much Wildrose, I'm pleased how it's turned out..:o) they all seem to like being next to each other, which is great..

Well, thank you very much Sheila, I'm sure I'll love it, when I googled it, it looked really pretty..X

Aw Shirley, this brick wall runs the full length of the garden and is probably 200 years old. It's taken me quite a faff to remove most of the Ivy that had been there ages, and luckily, the Passion flower is happy to search and twine through it. I bet your neighbour is very happy to accommodate yours, especially with the orange fruits later!
What type is yours?

4 Jul, 2020

 

Sheila, if you're still looking in, I broke off a woody stem of salvia embers wish by accident, decided to try cuttings and stuck them in a glass vase filled with water. It didn't take them long to root and I now have 5 embers wish in pots, sadly not my favourite, but cant sacrifice a stem of cerro potosi lol:-)

4 Jul, 2020

 

Wow Ba, that’s amazing. I’m sure we’ve all done that with fuchsias, but wouldn’t have thought to try it with salvias . . . thanks! Apparently the stems of salvias can be cut into many pieces and all used as cuttings.

4 Jul, 2020

 

Ooh you lovely girls talking all about cuttings. Haha Ba.
Heck, Im going to try Amistad if either of you two would like a cutting? And if you don't, there's more for me..:D xx

4 Jul, 2020

 

Thanks Janey, but I already have a couple of Amistad. Good luck! x

5 Jul, 2020

 

Ok Sheila, I'll give them a go and put them next to my rooting geraniums on my kitchen window sill..x

5 Jul, 2020

 

Janey, mine is the absolute 'common or garden' Passion flower ... all the garden fencing will be replaced with new some time in August/September ... I dread to think which plants will suffer from the fencing guys size 9's/10's/11's !!

5 Jul, 2020

 

Lovely, I do like that one. I thought mine would be unusual, but actually you can't distinguish one part of the flower from another, being all white.
i would think being fencing guys, they'll be used to owners saying watch the plants! It does sound like a big job though Shirley...:((

5 Jul, 2020

 

It entails all three sides of the back garden ... also was booked to be done in March ... then Lockdown arrived! ... :o((

5 Jul, 2020

 

Ooh....mmm....just imagine when it's done tho, you'll be very pleased it's over. Just mind that powder puff cosmos, as they do flower well into autumn don't they..

5 Jul, 2020

 

The Cosmos are either in the middle border or in large pots ... away from the boundary fences. One of the guys said it's the smaller plants I need to worry about ... the large shrubs are tough. By the time they come to do the work I hope to have lifted some plants to pots for temporary measure. What a palava!

5 Jul, 2020

 

That's good. Yes it isn't what you would want, but it'll be worth it.. Next year you'll be planning for all sorts in the garden. This year is one we just have to get through, and plan for good things to come next year..:o))

5 Jul, 2020

 

That is so very true Janey ... I'm staying positive throughout !

6 Jul, 2020

 

Yes, we have to. I have to have my tall chimney repointed in August, not all of it thank goodness but right up to the top, I've been advised a liner would be beneficial too...yikes!
I'll have to move all my pots and baskets right out of the way, with a very old place, it's never ending..:o/

6 Jul, 2020

 

Janey it all looks wonderful, a fabulous selection of very happy plants, thankyou for sharing ....Oh I nearly forgot, I love your walls also, can remember you clearing that ivy, job was well worth doing.....

6 Jul, 2020

 

Hi Lincs, thank you for that..:))
I thought I'd read your comment, and then there was an extra bit...I've been checking out all the frames online with Specsavers, now I know I need them!
Yes, those walls which are beautiful each side, have been the bane of my life gardening here..haha, well, not the walls themselves, but the plants on them. I'm so pleased the ivy is under control now, and my blue butterfly still visits..:))

6 Jul, 2020

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