Thursday, 14 June 2012
When I first started to garden seriously, I felt most uncomfortable about having plants in my borders that are well-known for their self-seeding capabilities. It was a feeling of lack of control which unsettled me. However, nature has a way of presenting unplanned planting combinations which are so much better than my own. This has helped me to feel a bit more relaxed about the whole thing.
Here we have this year's foxgloves. They've leapt from the bottom border into the gravel path, which means I'm also confessing I've not cleared up that part of the path for 2 years. I'm intrigued by the variety of colours and heights of the plants. Those with the darkest pink flowers are closest to their parents, but there's a rather pleasing array of softer pinks, light mauves and even a few white in the mix.
I don't know whether the height variation is due to local conditions or genetic variability. I suspect the latter seeing they're all in a similar place. No matter, the bees love to visit them all, irrespective of colour and height.
Since Karen came to stay almost 2 years ago I've been pondering sacrificing some or all of our lawn for more plants. Unfortunately NAH and I continue to differ in our opinions. He wants to keep the lawn even though it means he still keeps the job of cutting it. I thought the foxgloves might show him the possibilities, but no. Can you clear the weeds from the path? has been his unprompted cry over the past few weeks.
I rather like the effect as they're providing a much needed jolt of colour in that part of the garden at the moment. However, they do block the 'journey' which NAH and I agreed was needed when we first planned the garden together. I shall collect the seed and scatter it elsewhere. I wonder if the next generation will be as variable as their parents?
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. I'm sure she won't mind I've posted this a day early because of my regular Friday salad slot this year - they'll look the same tomorrow only wetter!