Sunday, 3 June 2012

Purple Patch

My garden is entering its Purple Patch.  The first flowers each year are white and yellows (snowdrops, daffodils and forsythia ...); then the reds appear (tulips, primulas, flowering raspsberry and japonica); now the purple blooms are opening.
The purple Aquilegia is EVERYWHERE!  I will have to do something about that once the flowers have died.  I really like the look of it all over the place but when I vistied Doddington  Hall this week and saw the way their Aquilegia was controlled I realised mine could look better.
Blue Geranium
Here is another plant I need to cut back.  Anyone need any blue geranium?  Free to a good home!  I moved one small clump to the kitchen border a few years ago - it obviously liked the location!

I love the delicate structure of this perennial cornflower.  Last year I scattered some cornflower seeds in one of the borders and got a magnificent display.  A number of seedlings have appeared in different parts of the garden this year - another welcome invader!
One of my favourites at the moment is Verbascum Phoeniceum.  A 99p packet of seeds last year has turned into beautiful tall spikes.


I haven't included the Lilac as it is just turning, or the Lavender or the Ceanothus or the purple Lupins .......


A Purple Patch is a period of notable success.  Queen Elizabeth I is supposed to have used the phrase first.  How many of these quotations do you recognise?
When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
He's lost his colour very far from here,
Poured it down shell-holes till the veins ran dry,
And half his lifetime lapsed in the hot race,
And leap of purple spurted from his thigh.

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
Their scaly armour's Tyrian hue
Thro' richest purple to the view
Betray'd a golden gleam.

1 comment:

  1. Love purple in the garden - enjoy your patch :-)