Gentle Reader, I must share with you that I had a "serendipity moment" this very morning. You may have read here, just yesterday afternoon, my delight at discovering that certain plants waiting to be moved into their permanent position in my borders unexpectedly offer natural weed suppression. The few weeds that have managed to force a way up grow very weakly indeed and are incredibly easy to both identify and remove. For me, this is a huge bonus because these are plants I love, plants I want to have in my garden, and plants that seem to do well in my garden whatever the weather happens to be. To discover that, when planted all together, they get along with each other and really slow down the progression of weeds is a truly welcome bonus.
This morning, while out making my daily early inspection, camera in hand, I took this photograph. It is strange how, when looking at the planting in the garden successful arrangements are sometimes overlooked, but when I uploaded it onto my laptop, I instantly realised that this arrangement, although originally haphazardly done, is quite appealing to the eye and works very well for me, so much so that I have decided to use it for one of the borders that edge the lawn. That border already contains two Aconitum (monkshood; wolf's bane) in deep blue, and I believe these will all work harmoniously with the deep blue flower spikes. I can hardly contain my excitement! I will need to slightly widen the borders, which I had already considered, clean them thoroughly to remove as many weeds as possible, then carefully move these plants over to their planned positions. I am so excited, but I think I told you this already. Here is a photograph of the current holding border, and I hope you will see the cause of my excitement~
The planting is (top to bottom) osteospermum, oregano, cultivated poppy, foxgloves, self~heal, Alchemilla mollis, Papaver Orientalis, and interspersed with Aquilegia of various colours. Thiere is a sage plant behind (not part of this holding area) and it is not out of the question that I might take cuttings to put a sage plant or two into this arrangement.
The Papaver Orientalis are opening too, more cause for great excitement, and here is a macro image of the centre of one~
How uplifting to suddenly find a planting scheme that suits my garden and my plans, especially as it was so unexpected!