This is admittedly a very, very late post. I'm struggling with slow internet again, so will keep this light! But the South Border deserves its due as March comes to a very lavender-y close. Lavandula stoechas "Blueberry Ruffles" is now in fine form, looking better than it has ever done before. Although I have mentally cavilled at its slower growth (compared to "Madrid"), I do love that rich blue hue in the flowers.
The garden is a burst of bloom right now, which gave me the chance to snip quickly this evening. As my day went otherwise than planned, I found myself in a race with the sunset and, so far as the photography was concerned, I would have to say the sunset won. But I still have a vaseful of flowers to enjoy this week, and here they are.
First a confession. Wandering around the garden today, camera in hand, peering here and there to see what is in bloom, for the first time I was thrilled with the garden. Not with the idea, or with this or that plant or combination of plants, or even with a particular piece of it all, but with the garden itself. For the first time I can feel it as a whole, however tentatively. There is still chaos here and there; the hedging must be completed; big gaps and outright errors need to be remedied;...
It is very springlike in the South Border now. The most noticeable new development at the moment is the mass of lavender bloom just starting to open. in this case Lavandula stoechas "Madrid". L. s. "Blueberry Ruffles" is always a bit behind as well as a good deal smaller. I'm enjoying the effect as "Madrid" and its miniature rose neighbor grow together. Although I'm getting a bit nervous too, as I can't figure out where either will stop!
This week's Tuesday View shows the South Border looking a bit bare with the grasses cut down and spring annuals not yet grown up. But a few things reward a closer look: Narcissus in front of Eremophila maculata "Valentine" and a newly planted Penstemon parryi behind them.