I looked out of the window the day before yesterday, and goodness it was totally different. Polly has finished all the clipping., and planted all the tulips in the par terre. The shapes there are Phillyrea angustifolia, two of them. There is one Phillyrea latifolia , and this has a different leaf and reflects the light. I prefer it, I have placed another one in the Burgundy border, I love this one as it picks up the shape of the plant in the par terre, The colours have completely changed, and we have a few roses glowing, Chrysanthemums are looking amazing by the gate into the paddock. Those colours are stunning, One is Venetian and has gold in it. Another one came from Marina Christopher. If you have not heard of her already you should engrave her name on your heart. I just wish we saw more of her. Sue Dickinson, another star, told me that Bob Brown has a marvellous selection of Chrysanthemums, so Polly and I must hasten over there. We have rather neglected him in favour of Avondale which is very close to us.. James has asked me if I want anything in particular for Christmas, and I told him a book called, Jimi Blake, ‘ A beautiful obsession”, Two or three people have recommended it to me, There are so many gardening books that it would be exciting to find one that grips one. There are still Alstomerias flowering which make a marvellous cut flower. Two different ones, from Sue Dickinson and Victoria Wakefield at Bramdean. If you pull them from the base they will flower again, Needless to say Sue Dickinson gave me this useful tip. It is extraordinary to think that I did not succeed with them when I first started growing them, It is what makes gardening so interesting, the success rate and the failure rate, Nothing is really predictable.
In the par terre we have two quite large plants of Pittosporum Golf Ball, They have grown a lot this year, and what is special is the shade of green of the leaf, I think they are meant to be tender., In Country Life this week is a garden in New Zealand with a lot of them running along the base of the picture. My eye fell on them immediately. I have never seen a green like that. At this time of year ones eye falls on leaf and flower, For example Mahonia Eurobracteata soft caress’. It is flowering now and has a more delicate leaf than usual, It is not my favourite plant but this is lovely, We already have two seedlings, ‘. Several snowdrops are up, Galanthus S. Arnott’. It is honey scented. Brenda Froyle, came up first in the circle in the paddock.. Fuschia Hawkshead has been flowering for ages, It is so delicate and never ceases, It is under planted with Parahebe catarractea which I think is a shrub, pretty tiny with beautiful minute flowers, I found it at Kiftsgate with Dianey and Betsy. Goodness I miss those two.
The top two photos are of Malus Hupehensis, and the top photo has Delphinium Alice Artindale in it with its second flowering. It is a species delphinium, meant to be difficult, but not here,