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Alchemilla Mollis or Ladysmantle is a staple midsummer plant, with fresh looking foliage in early summer. Its flowers are useful for flower arranging in mid-summer but later in the year it tends to smother other plants. Its leaves in autumn are untidy even when cut back and it seeds itself everywhere. Unwanted seedlings, left too long in the ground, are difficult to dig out.
The white, pink and purple annual alyssums (Sweet alyssum) are useful for filling spaces on the rockery. They tend to go to seed quickly, particularly, in my experience, the purple varieties but the white will come again well if cut back.
The perennial yellow alyssum saxatile has a brief flowering in spring. I raised mine from seed and grow it in the low wall at the end of the front garden, shaded by one of the Scot's Pines. This is a dry position and alyssum saxatile is pretty drought resistant.
growing in the Negev near Beer Sheba. This photo was donated by Alexey Sergeev
For me a proper anemone grows on a sturdy, slightly hairy stem, has a lacy fringe of green below thick blood red petals, from the base of which springs a purply black bomb. Its smell is unique. If forced to make an attempt to describe the smell, I would say it was slightly acrid, resembling the harsher notes of foliage rather than the sweet perfume of many flowers. These red anemones are said to spring from the blood of Adonis as he lay dying on the slopes of Mt Hermon.
Cooking and eating apples are as good as ornamental ones for blossom in the spring unless you want the darker colours. The fruit of cultivars such as 'Discovery' are beautiful in the autumn as well as a delight to eat. Apples fruit better if they have a compatible pollinator
Waiting for a picture of Archangel that belongs to the nettle family, has mottled foliage and yellow flowers and I got muddled up with loosestrife
Argyranthemums in my garden are not hardy but often stay in flower until Christmas, especially in the front garden. None have survived outdoors in my garden beyond January. However, my son in Ireland informed me that, On the first day of the Irish Sspring (Ist February, would you believe? he saw some Argyranthemum Jamaican Primrose still in flow on the coast there. Unfortunarely he forgot to take his camera.
I could not grow aubretia at all until my husband brought a cutting home from his school garden. I don't know the name of the cultivar but it likes my garden and I have it everywhere, a staple plant from March to May. I still cannot grow other varieties well though. I I would like to grow bi-coloured double ones but they give up on me. The botanical gardens of Leicester University which are very near me hold the National Aubretia Collection so I can admire the many cultivars there though
|I stick my winter azalea pot plants out in the garden after flowering. Sometimes they survive through a winter outdoors only to have the next summer drought seems to kill them off.|