Help – my garden is taller than me!
As summer sprints toward autumn, something amazing happens in the flower garden.
Shasta daisies …
… astilbie …
… galdioli in reds …
… and greens …
… and fragrant bergamot dominate the ornamental garden, and the result is a riot of colour.
It’s as if each individual flower is vying with its neighbour for more sunlight as it shoots skywards.
Sweet peas form a colourful backdrop to red cabbages and Brussels sprouts, and the result of my growing them from my own saved seed has meant a profusion of pinks and whites.
I couldn’t be happier that they’ve reverted to these common colours – they all match each other so perfectly!
But my true love this summer is Urospermum Dalechampii or, to give it its less illustrious common name: Smooth Golden Fleece.
I first saw this lemon-lime lovely in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens and when I wrote asking for a pinch of seed so I could grow it myself, the head gardener obliged. Seldom seen in domestic gardens, Dalechampii comes from the Mediterranean. It flowers throughout the summer on longs stems with a rosette of dandelion-like leaves about its base.
I like to collect its seeds and distribute them among my friends.
And as autumn begins to show its face, I almost weep to say goodbye to this treasure for another year.