No, it’s not a case of ‘Scandal, scandal!
Have you heard that Lesley and Robert have shifted
from the whacky baccy to the hard stuff?!‘
Though it would be hard as a garden designer
not to feel that you were on some kind of extra sensory trip at the moment.
Amelanchiers, cherries and magnolias are the proverbial eyeful. And as we whizz from project to project the car is full of exclamationsl
‘Oh do look, do look’! (me)
‘I’m driving’ said drily ( Lesley)
‘No you simply must’!( me pleading)
Spring blossom is of course beguiling. Long pent up in our gloomy, flowerless winter, it is like Cold Comfort Farm where Flora Poste, in a fit of animal liberation, lets the bull out of its byre and it skips around in the sunshine amongst the meadow flowers.
But forget the flower though, the foliage as well of course is fresh and tangy. The thorns, both haw and black are one thing but what is well and truly zinging at the moment
is the acid buzz of believe it or not, just common old Acer pseudoplatanus, aka the Sycamore
This was papped from my car on the Cumberland Basin interchange. I almost didn’t mind the solid traffic.
So how might we get this zesty freshness into our gardens.
Well why not try:
Euphorbias such as polychroma, characias, myrsinites etc
Milium effusum ‘Aureum’
Luzula ‘Hohe tatra’
Alchemilla mollis (for its flowers really in this context)
to name a few?
You will have other thoughts.
But the point is that introducing some citric acidity into borders is as invigorating as squeezing fresh lemon or lime juice into some tired old stew or drinking orange juice after a full English breakfast!