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Kent Alpine Gardener's Diary

This entry: 08 July 2014 by Tim Ingram

A few summer portraits - part 1

A few summer portraits - part 1

A few summer portraits - part 1

Mimulus aurantiacus & Buddleja 'Lochinch'

... and some plants on this 'Mediterranean' bed planted last autumn...

Aquilegia desertorum

Linum narbonense - a very long lived and beautiful plant and a legacy from Joe Elliott's nursery... (tricky and slow to propagate)

Linum arboreum - a small sub-shrubby species, good blue-grey foliage

Sedum oreganum

Sedum obtusifolium - now this is a very interesting plant...

Teucrium polium - a very widespread and variable species; another smaller and white flowering form shown below...

Origanum 'Emma Stanley' - amongst the most fascinating of summer flowering alpine genera, and like so many labiates irresistable to bees. The second picture shows the famous variety 'Kent Beauty' raised by Elizabeth Strangman at Washfield Nursery (with Androsace lanuginosa)

Teucrium pyreniacum - a modest little plant until you take the trouble to view it more closely...

Salvia phlomoides - a much more colourful form of this species is pictured on the Prairie blog of Panayoti Kelaidis. A genus of some interest...

Arenaria pusilla

To finish, this Erodium of uncertain name that came from the fine French nursery run by Jean-Pierre Jolivot and his sister Nathalie - Le Jardin d'En Face, not far from St. Malo. The markings are exquisite and the genus one of those which fascinates but which seems little grown...

A simple and entertaining planting for our warm and dry garden... 

Part 2 with a range of other plants around the garden, tomorrow

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