Redcroft Garden News July 2015
July is not the best time of year in this garden and I noticed that a group of Italians who visited the other day spent rather longer over the tea than they did over the garden.
Most of our long grass has been cut but we cut this area later as it is where the fritillaries grow in the spring, and they need time to seed, and it is full of yellow rattle. Also I notice the occasional wild orchid there shown in the photo below.
I like this combination in the front of the herbaceous border but the vivid blue of the Geranium magnificum is rather fleeting , although the lime green of the Alchemilla hangs on for longer. Another Geranium, palmatum is one of the main stays of the garden at this time. It seeds profusely and grows well in the gravel as well as in this bed. In Spring it has attractive bright green leaves which look good before it flowers and the flowers reach a dramatic height.
Of the flowering trees and shrubs my award for long service goes to a tall self-seeded Abutilon vitifolium with white flowers. It has only just finished flowering and could be seen over the wall from our road for many weeks.
Now my favourite is this Styrax japonica Pink Chimes and sadly only one of the Italians noticed it. I bought it from BlueBell Nurseries of Ashby de la Zouch, who visit Gardening Scotland every year with many temptations. It was planted in about 2008, is now about 5ft tall, and has only recently shown its true colours. I love the incredible profusion of these delicate flowers. Like Geranium palmatum it is popular with bees and this year there seem to have been a great many of them, even though very few of them seem to buzz.
The Italians did like the roses on the house. Here Rose Felicite and Perpetue is acting as a background to the star performer, Dentelle de Malines. With its clusters of ‘dainty many-flowered sprays of bright pink’ to quote the David Austin catalogue, it is very vigorous and a bit reminiscent of Paul’s Himalayan Musk. It performs well for quite a long time and the flowers go over quite neatly.
There is still lots to look forward to and the garden has another good period in September when we have it open by appointment, details on The Scottish Gardens website.
Anna Buxton, Edinburgh