My posts are getting like buses; long gaps then they all come together. But I couldn’t let another day go by without celebrating my triffid. Eight years ago I bought a plant of Beschorneria yuccoides. I didn’t have high hopes for it because it comes from Mexico and it is not reliably hardy. But I gave it a south facing wall and hoped for the best. It is well named because the plant looks like a large yucca and is quite architectural. But this year it surprised me by producing a flower spike which grew and grew. It is quite magnificent and I shan’t be surprised if it starts attacking us as we go past it as it looks quite menacing.
It grows from rosettes of glaucous, spiky foliage.
It looks as if some mad professor has been at work in this part of the garden, because not only do I have a triffid, but also giant hostas which are so huge they look as if they have been genetically modified.
Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ is great for pots as it has such presence and it has leathery leaves which aren’t quite so attractive to molluscs. I have to add that I have grown it before in a pot and never got it to look like these. I am looking after them for my son for reasons which I will go into another time. Readers of my blog may remember the posts I have written about his fabulous jetty garden and his greenest of greenfingers. We won’t be returning there as Bertie and Beatrice have moved on which is sad in some ways as it was unique. But now they are creating a new garden, and you can depend upon it that it is exciting and unique in quite a different way; and it will be stunning. They have taken most of their plants but I have been left caring for these two monsters. Unlike Bertie, I am not inclined to go out at night with a torch and there is no river to throw the snails into. So I do worry about them, but so far, they are fine.
For my number three I would like to share a little tree which I am particularly fond of; it is Cornus alternifolia, commonly known as the Pagoda tree. It is such an elegant shape with layered branches, small variegated leaves and white flowers. It is similar to the Wedding Cake tree, Cornus controversa which has larger leaves and grows into a larger tree, I have a small one of these but the wretched Muntjac deer has grazed on the branches on one side ruining its elegant appearance. But this little tree is safe as it lives nearer to the house by the small pond.
Growing nearby and making a lovely contrast is the peerless Forest Pansy, Cercis canadensis. I love the this tree and I am very envious of my daughter who has found one with weeping form.
I like having different sorts of foliage round my little pond.
Whilst we are talking foliage I must share a lovely form of berberis which you don’t often find. It has tiny yellow flowers but you don’t grow the blue barberry for its flowers. The dusty blue leaves are really striking. They are a great foil for yellow flowers, in this case the daisy flowers of Anthemis tinctoria ‘E.C.Buxton’. Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’ grows alongside it.
Recently I was talking about my love of brown flowers and I got the feeling that some of my fellow bloggers thought that my idea of a brown bed is a bit weird. But what do you feel about grey flowers? Last week I had a garden club visiting my garden and nearly everyone asked me about this little grey beauty.
I grew ‘Amazing Grey’ poppy for the first time last year and I was dazzled by it. It is an easy sprinkle on the ground annual and several seed companies offer it now. It comes out in a variety of slate grey, pearly grey and even a dusky pink. Some of them are double, some single, but all are gorgeous. To see this poppy is to want it.
So there we have my Six on Saturday. And it all came courtesy of my triffid which wouldn’t allow me to let it go unrecorded. Do visit the Propagator who hosts this meme. You might not find triffids but you will come across lots of June beauties displayed by all his eager followers.