The Colour Purple

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This week, the wind and rain have lashed the garden, whipping the tender shrubberies and blowing a sheet off the line and into a neighbour’s tree. I had to take down the wind chimes for a couple of days until the gusts settled. Even I, lover of tubular tinkling that I am, was driven to distraction by the cacophony that sounded more like an ice-cream van in melt-down than soothing music for the soul. Today it is warm, muggy even, and although a storm has been forecast for this evening, it’s lovely so far.

The little garden has taken quite a bashing too, but the flowers and shrubs are none the worse for some much-needed rain. I have decided to abandon the various plans I had for my tiny plot this year; it’s been hard enough to get compost, let alone the shrubs and the landscaping materials I had hoped for. The fences, thirsty for a coat of wood preserver, will have to wait a bit longer. The prospect of queueing outside B&Q for an hour does not appeal.

Strangely, I find that I don’t really mind. Some of my plants seem slow in getting going this year, but I am enjoying what there is so far, and the wildlife is enjoying it too. It’s not always a bad thing to be forced to slow down and enjoy right now rather than think about what’s next.

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Most of my planting has been deliberately chosen to encourage bees and butterflies, and purple is definitely one of their preferred colours. I yearn for those bolder, brighter colours to come through but whilst the roses, geraniums and fuchsias are still just on the edge of revealing themselves, there is a lot of pretty purple in full bloom.

Scabiosa

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Lavender

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Thyme in flower

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Verbena Bonariensis, a butterfly magnet

One of the most popular plants with the bees is Walker’s Low, cat mint. Like all mint it takes hold and spreads, offering the pollinators a fragrant feast. Oddly, there were no bees around when I took these photos.

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It’s not just popular with bees either.

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A carpet of cat mint under a honeysuckle canopy offers a cool and peaceful shade from the hot sun.

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The heady scent of salvia is intoxicating.

We all love being in our garden.

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8 thoughts on “The Colour Purple

  1. shazza June 14, 2020 / 7:53 pm

    Your garden looks gorgeous. Purple is by far the nicest colour for gardens by the look of yours. 🙂 The cats look like they love their minty space. X

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    • Welcome to the Beautiful North June 14, 2020 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you very much! I love the purple flowers too, and all the different fragrances and textures. The cats love to smell the mint and rub their heads against it. I love to sit and watch them. X

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  2. bitaboutbritain June 15, 2020 / 11:10 pm

    Love cat mint – but we don’t have it, because it encourages cats! Fab shots – could almost smell the fragrance.

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  3. ms6282 June 22, 2020 / 7:18 am

    You certainly have a nice garden. You obviously have green fingers – unlike me who is capable of killing the most resiliant of plants

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    • Welcome to the Beautiful North June 22, 2020 / 11:03 am

      Thank you. It’s a tiny and very informal garden and my strategy is to let nature do most of the work, so I can’t really take much credit.

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      • ms6282 June 22, 2020 / 1:01 pm

        Nature does the work in my little patch but it doesn’t look as nice as yours 😦

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      • Welcome to the Beautiful North June 22, 2020 / 5:51 pm

        Thank you. It looks a lot brighter now as I went to the Range for the first time since lock.down yesterday and went a bit OTT in my purchasing of solar garden lights.

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