Happy Coincidence

With the exception of the foundation beds adjacent to the house, I am unfussed about ephemeral flower colour combinations in my own garden. So, I usually just buy a ‘mixed bag’ of seeds or bulbs and enjoy the results, whatever they are….

So it’s nice to see these two matchy-matchy combinations:


Above: the cool blush of an apple-blossom coloured Rununculus and, well, apple blossom (which belongs to a dwarf Malus domestica ‘Pink Lady’).

Below: an equally matchy-matchy hot combo of mixed Papaver nudicaule and an Exbury-Mollis Azalea ‘Arneson Flame’


Happy Gardening 🙂

Shasta Daisy, Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Real Neat’

Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum, formerly Chrysanthemum x superbum….thankyou, www.theplantlist.org) are one of those happy, everyday plants in the massive Asteraceæ family.

These put on a lovely summer show, and fill the gap left by many of the Osteospermums that I’ve dotted around the garden during the warmest days of summer:


Delicate fluted petals

Here it is growing next to the young Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum atropurpureum ‘bloodgood’)


Leucanthenum x superbum ‘Real Neat’

It will only ever get to around 60cm x 60cm (24″ x 24″), so will eventually be moved towards the front of the garden bed once some of the larger shrubs, such as the Mollis Azalea, establish themselves, but for the moment, it keeps the daisy theme going while the surrounding Osteospermums take their short, 3 week rest prior to their next daisy-explosion.

And, unlike the Osteospermums, which bloom themselves to death after a few seasons and must be continually renewed from cuttings, this one is longer lived and benefits from dead-heading to encourage flowers past the middle of summer.

Happy Gardening 🙂