Well, a simply stunning early summer’s day today and the inestimable Mitch is busily cutting back Spirea Goldflame in the Warm Borders. This is partly to get rid of its unnecessarily pink flowers (pink is not good in these borders) but more for its glorious coppery-yellow late season leaves which will be perfect among the golds and oranges and reds hereabouts.
As the spirea is cut back gaps appear providing space for some newly sprouted seedlings of Tithonia rotundifolia. This is a dashing Mexican annual with warm orange flowers and the look of a sunflower crossed with a dahlia. I’ve never grown it before but have admired it in overseas gardens. Tithonia rotundifolia should be blooming from February through to April.
As soon as I finish this I’m off to weed the tomato patch. Valerie has the potager greenery humming along this season and not just a few Diggers tomatoes have been planted in recent weeks. Also some florence fennel and kale. The asparagus bed has been delicious all spring. Has anyone noticed that asparagus spears, straight from the ground, have the texture and flavour of cashew nuts? Diggers supplies one of the best: Asparagus Fat Bastard!
Finally, we are flat out now selling Ozact - Midsummer Night’s Dream tickets. Only three weeks to go to the big weekend. If you happen to be wondering how best to unwind after the storm and stress of the intervening Christmas – well, what better way than a twilight performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream in Cloudehill Gardens?
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And on that note, VaIerie and I, along with the Cloudehill team wish you all a very Merry and colourful Christmas and we hope to see you in the New Year at A Midsummer Night's Dream.