When I started doing my borders here I called them all by different names and colour themed them as well. Slowly this has started to change, and the main change lately has been with the Burgundy border, now called the Glycyrrhiza border. If I stuck to the theme of the Burgundy border, the whole thing would become too funereal, and as Clive pointed out to me ages ago that light does not bounce back from a deep maroon colour, hence he never photographed anything like my Cotinus Grace. Slowly I have got fonder of green and white, it is so fresh, as long as the white is not too large and blobby. I am going to say that you have to be careful with variegation, but where I have it I like it a lot. For example Cornus Alternifolia Argentea, and Cornus Controversa. These two shrubs have the most beautiful tiering shapes. I am just thinking that it is funny that Clive said that to me, as he has planted in his small garden two very large deep maroon shrubs. The best thing in this border at the moment is Aster latiflorus ‘lady in black’ which is flowering now (a bit late for my liking) but what a good shape it has, a lady with arms outstretched. In fact in the Spring we are going to divide it and put two pieces at the back of the border on the diagonal.. Today is the most beautiful autumn day, still and warm, but I fear this is going to be the end of it, and it will get cold and frosty, hence the demise of the dahlias. We have planted in this border three anemone hybrida Whirlwind, which is a lovely clear white double anemone. Now I have to go and work out how many of the allium Globemaster are going to be put back, as they have all been displaced by the planting.
On Wednesday Thomas is having a launch party for his new book, How to be Cool. Exciting.